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Man finds stolen car after 42 years

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The Austin Healey "3000" prestige sport car

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A man in Texas has been reunited with his car, stolen 42 years ago.

Bob Russell's Austin-Healey vanished in 1970 when the owner was a graduate student at Temple University.

However, he found the cream-coloured car - which had the exact same vehicle identification number - when it was listed on eBay by a Los Angeles car dealer.

Russell was delighted to be reunited with the vehicle, adding that it still runs even if the brakes aren't in the best condition.

"We're going to put it back the way it was," he told The AP.

Instead of having to bid for his own car, Russell only had to pay $600 (£390) in impound fees, relying on the local police to find the stolen vehicle report that was filed more than 40 years ago.

The car dealer was unaware that the vehicle was stolen and was quick to cooperate with authorities to reunite him with the Austin-Healey.

Russell believes the car, discontinued in 1967, will be worth up to $50,000 (£32,300) with some work. The vehicle originally cost $3,000 (£1,900).

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