This is a bit awesome.

In 1970, Bob Russell was a cash-strapped graduate student at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His primary transportation was a 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III, which Russell had purchased from a friend for $3,000 for in 1968.

As a starving student, Russell couldn’t afford to carry comprehensive insurance on his car, and the morning after his second date with his future wife, he awoke to find the car gone. Russell filed a police report on the missing Austin-Healey, but he presumed the chances of being reunited with his car were somewhere between “slim” and “none.”

In May of 2012, that search effort paid off when the man found his car for sale at a dealership in California. The dealership argued for ownership, saying that they’d legally purchased the car from the family who’d owned it since 1970 (oddly matching Russell’s own timeline).

I should hope that the dealership (and perhaps officers) would have some pointed questions for the people who sold the dealership the car.