Tuesday, April 5, 2011

1935 Auburn 653 sedan stolen from veteran Birmingham, Alabama auto parts dealer

 

Help find this 1935 Auburn 653 sedan. Joe Montabana, long-time owner of Joe's Auto Parts in Birmingham, Alabama, had his rare 1935 Auburn 653 sedan stolen from a residence at Georgia Road and Messer Airport Highway in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday, September 4, 2010. Montabana and local authorities request any information that will assist in locating this classic Auburn sedan.


  Montabana owned the cream-colored '35 Auburn, chassis number 5359A, since the early-1960s. One of 6,316 vehicles built by the Auburn Automobile Company in Auburn, Indiana for the 1935 model year. Montabana and his wife, Pat, purchased the car from the proprietor of Abernathy Furniture in Birmingham, Alabama. "Mr. Abernathy drove the car to work every day, before we bought it," said Pat. The Montabanas also cruised in the six cylinder, three-speed car for many years before retiring it to occasional car show use. 
  The Montabanas, who will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this year, have struggled with some health issues, which took precedence over the Auburn's recent upkeep. The Auburn has been stored under a meager shed which provided scant protection for the 75-year-old classic.
  The couple fear the worst but hope someone has seen their beloved Auburn. "I hope it turns up," says Joe. "That was a fine car and I don't want anything bad to happen to it."


If you have any information
  Contact Detective Cobb (205) 254-1782 at the Birmingham Police Department  and refer to case number: 100917765. 
1935 Auburn serial number
The serial number of the car is 5359A, engine number WF7648. 


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