Thieves make off with couple’s classic car during trip to Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A California couple visiting Albuquerque for a national tour to show off a one-of-a-kind model T speedster woke up Friday morning and it was gone.

Donald and Nancy Houseman are staying at the MCM Elegante Hotel in Albuquerque. They said overnight thieves made off with their truck, trailer and most importantly a 1926 Model T Ford Speedster.

Donald said it’s one of a kind.

“In my opinion, it’s probably the nicest Model T Speedster that’s been built,” he said.

The Ford classic is “parrot green” with a set of wings painted on the hood with the number 21 in the middle. The Houseman’s are visiting Albuquerque, for the first time, for the National Model T tour. The event is meant to show off an array of the Ford classics like Donald’s speedster he built himself.

“It started out with my friends; they all had model T’s and I wanted to build a car,” Donald said. “My father-in-law was dying and I wanted to finish the car before…but I didn’t make it.”

It took Donald nearly four years to build it. Then, Friday morning when the Houseman’s were leaving the hotel to drive back home, they got the bad news.

“A friend came up to us and asked where our truck was. I told him it was outside,” Donald said.

But it wasn’t. The Houseman’s truck and trailer with the Model T inside; everything gone.

The couple is offering a $5,000 reward to whoever finds the speedster. The couple filed a police report with APD and have tried using social media to get the word out.

The Houseman’s wife called KRQE News 13 late Friday night and said police had found their truck but the classic car is still missing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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