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Bob Russell’s 1967 Austin Healey 3000 was stolen from his Philadelphia area apartment 42 years ago. Since then, Russell has eyed every Healey that passed him wondering if it might be his old car. Several years ago, he started checking internet sits in hopes of one day finding the long lost car. Even the latest technology didn’t offer much hope of finding the vehicle after over 40 years, but recently Russell happened to check the online auction site, eBay, and found his car being offered by a dealer in California. He immediately called the unsuspecting dealer to tell them they were offering a stolen automobile. He had kept the original key and title and had signed papers from several friends, attesting to the fact that he never sold the car. The dealer didn’t believe Russell at first, and offered to sell it to him for $24,000.

After four weeks of haggling with the dealer, Russell was able to obtain a copy of the original police report. When they realized the identification numbers matched, California authorities impounded the car. Russell and his wife went to get it and paid $600 in administrative fees, plus another $800 to have it shipped back to their home. Russell says he didn’t mind paying a little to have the car returned. He plans to restore it. In its current condition the Healey is worth $20,000 to $30,000. Restored, the value would be closer to $50,000. Russell can’t wait to get started on the project saying, "It still runs, but the brakes don't work well. We're going to put it back the way it was." "It's a bit of a relief," he added. "Nothing's ever linear -- you're up, you're down, you're being whipsawed back and forth, and suddenly it's over." --Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Man finds car stolen over 40 years ago on eBay, http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/12/man-finds-car-stolen-over-40-years-ago-on-ebay; July 12, 2012,

Luke 15:8-9 ESV "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.”'

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