published Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Knoxville man never stopped grieving for stolen '65 Beetle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A man whose 1965 Volkswagen Beetle was stolen nearly 40 years ago and recently recovered in Detroit says he never stopped thinking about that car.

Joe MacDonald of Knoxville, Tenn., said he used to buy Beetles to fix up and sell. He had many of them, but he says he never stopped grieving for the red convertible that he had running "slick as a ribbon" before it was stolen.

The car was found in January when federal border agents checked the paperwork as it was about to be shipped overseas for restoration. MacDonald said he learned the car had been located from a reporter at WBIR-TV.

MacDonald has contacted U.S. Customs and Border Protection about getting the car back. He says they are sending him a form to fill out.

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