ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A classic car that was supposed to be part of a benefit for fallen Albuquerque Police Officer Daniel Webster has vanished.
Austin Williams, 20, got the 1970 Pontiac LeMans Sport when he was a teenager.
“A lot of hard work, a lot of blood, sweat and tears literally went into that car,” said Williams.
Williams and his family spent more than 500 hours fixing up the muscle car.
“Just a lot of hours. A lot of sanding up and down and just kept going to perfection almost,” he said.
The finished product was a car lover’s dream with fresh blue paint and orange and white details.
“The reflection of the hood off the blue skies of Albuquerque and the mountains and stuff and the wind going through your hair on the highway, shifting through your gears is amazing,” said Williams. “Just hearing your car, hearing your car rumble and say, ‘oh that’s a cool car,’ it’s just an amazing feeling.”
However, that amazing feeling was stripped from Williams in late October at his Albuquerque home in the Northeast Heights.
“I came out of my garage to start up this car to take my brother to school and it was gone,” he said.
In an instant, all of his family’s hard work to restore the car had vanished.
“It’s family. It’s what I had to give to my kids,” said Williams.
The car is also his claim to fame. The hot rod has been a hit at dozens of car shows around the United States.
It’s so popular “Better Call Saul” is using it in its second season expected to debut in 2016.
“It’s a very noticeable car,” said Williams.
So why can’t police find it?
APD said an easy license plate switch makes it extremely difficult for them to track down stolen cars.
Often times classic cars end up in collectors’ garages or shipped out of the country.
“It’s just kind of a terrible feeling and I really want it back,” said Williams
The car is worth about $15,000.
Williams said he is still planning on going to the car show on Saturday in honor of Officer Webster.
It’s at 8 a.m. at the Hooters on San Mateo.