106-year-old veteran’s classic car comes home after theft

Updated: Jan. 21, 2020 at 6:23 AM CST
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA/NBC News) - A classic car stolen from a 106-year-old World War II veteran Friday has been returned.

The blue, 1956 Cadillac El Dorado was found Monday, Curly Bunfill said.

Bunfill was a stuntman before he joined the military. While serving in World War II he three earned Purple Hearts and several other medals.

The blue, 1956 Cadillac was a gift from the late actress Rita Hayworth. The doors, rear and engine block all have “Rita Hayworth” beveled on them, police said.

"I met her at a party in Beverly Hills. She’s quite a lady. A hell of a dancer," Bunfill said. "The poor thing died and she willed the car to me."

Investigators said officers found the car Monday afternoon at a police station. Police are looking into whether the person who returned the car bought it from someone for $8,600, saw the news reports that it was stolen and then dropped it off at a station.

Bunfill was grateful when finding out his Cadillac was on its way back to him, noting “I feel like I’m on cloud nine”.

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