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Colin Franklin had been awake barely 10 minutes when his neighbour knocked on his door last Friday.
His garage door was wide open, Franklin was informed, and some of his golf gear was lying at the side of the road a few doors down on his quiet Morgan Creek cul-de-sac.
Groggily, he retrieved his golfing clickcart from the side of the road and, when he got back to his garage, noticed all the stainless-steel doors to his cabinets were open.
“It still hadn’t registered that my car was gone,” the 72-year-old said.
That car was a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible. Franklin’s wife loves Bel Airs and he acquired it not quite a month ago.
“Then bingo, it hits me,” he said. “There’s no bloody car.”
Video from a neighbour’s security system indicates the car was probably stolen around 5:10 a.m.
Online, ’56 Bel Airs sell for anywhere between $30,000 and $150,000 on sites such as eBay, ClassicCars.com and TheChevyStore.com.
Franklin, who got his ’56 Chevy in a swap for a Woody he’d owned, figures his was worth $85,000, plus taxes.
“The frame was off and rebuilt, there’s new everything, stainless-steel exhaust, new upholstery,” he said. “A friend just sold his for $115,000 and it was a little bit better than mine. A little bit.”
It’s less likely that a car like a ’56 Chevy was stolen for joyrides than it was to be…