What would you do if your 1973 Volkswagen Beetle was stolen? Most of you would say, Thank the Lord for this blessing and buy better transportation -- a bicycle, perhaps.
But understand this: 41-year-old Angeleno Jason Torchinsky, a contributor to the mega-car-guy blog Jalopnik, had this black-striped yellow bug since he was 18. This was more than a wannabe Porsche that floats. This was a soul mate. And so ...
... Mr. Torchinsky took to Jalopnik to find his beloved bumble bee on four wheels. He posted photos and hoped for the best.
Someone spotted a vehicle that looked like the missing Beetle and sent in a shot. But the tipster didn't say where it was located.
That's where the crowdsourcing power of car geeks came in:
Someone thought they recognized the neighborhood -- a telltale hill, the color and style of the houses -- and used Google Maps to zero in the street.
It was a hit. The car was parked in El Sereno.
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The car was found over the weekend and the LAPD rolled, Torchinsky announced on Jalopnik this week. That's the good news.
The bad news: The air-cooled four-banger motor was gone, the headlights were stripped, the radio was taken, the luggage rack is missing.
But hell, Torchinsky's German baby lives.