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Stolen 1950s Cadillac gifted to WWII veteran by Rita Hayworth found

Posted at 5:57 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 20:57:53-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A stolen 1956 Bermuda Blue Cadillac El Dorado, gifted to a 106-year-old World War II veteran by Rita Hayworth, has be returned to its owner after being stolen in Sacramento Friday.

According to Sacramento Police, the unique car was taken Friday along with multiple car show trophies inside. The stolen Cadilac was found Monday parked at the Sacramento Police Department headquarters, but police say the suspect remains at large and that the case remains active.

The car belongs to World War II veteran Curly Bunfill. It has appeared in numerous parades and car shows over the years. Bunfill earned three purple hearts in WWII and went on to work as a stuntman in Hollywood.

The Cadillac bears an incredibly distinct and the name "Rita Hayworth" beveled on the doors, rear, and engine. According to our ABC affiliate in Sacramento, Bunfill said the car was willed to him after he danced with Hayworth at one of her parties.

Bunfil said a film director invited him to Hayworth's party in Beverly Hills, according to ABC10. According to Bunfill, Hayworth took him to the garage of the house, where she kept all of her cars, and she asked him which car he would like. He told her that he liked "that old Cadillac."