A classic car collector will be monitoring advertisements selling car parts after a vintage 1968 Holden was stolen from an Avoca property within the last month.
Bee Rad travelled from Melbourne to the Slaughterhouse Road property on Monday after he had made plans with the car owner to have the 1968 Holden HK Premier restored in Melbourne.
But it was nowhere to be seen.
Avoca police were notified of the incident and are investigating.
Mr Rad said the car, formerly owned by his friend’s father who had died, still contained possessions of the deceased inside.
“You have taken memories that cannot be replaced, just remember that,” he said.
“It may look like an old rust bucket, but was quite the opposite and quite rare and valuable, unfortunately some low-life decided they wanted it more than my friend Chris and took it before we could get it back to Melbourne.”
Mr Rad who restored classic cars professionally said if completely restored, the stolen vehicle could have been sold for $30,000.
“Even as it was it still had value,” he said.
“It would have been hard to remove as it was on stumps to keep it off the ground and would have taken at least a couple of people to take it.
“We won’t take that lightly.”
Mr Rad said he will be approaching car clubs and monitoring online sites selling car parts to try and find those responsible.
“I am involved in many, many car clubs and car scenes around Victoria and I will reach out to as many as I can to get this car back for my friend,” he said.
“I can’t stand car thieves and I promise that we will find those responsible.
“Having the car stolen was a fair kick in the guts for my mate, but having someone actually enter his fathers property and steal from it is far worse.”
The number plates were Victorian, LFH 300.
Anybody with information should contact Officer Chris Tremble at Avoca Police on 5465 3300 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
You could also contact Mr Rad on 0433 336 963.
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.