Toddler buys 1962 Austin Healey on eBay

Sorella Stoute, 14 months, stands in front of the 1962 Austin Healey Sprite she bought on eBay (July 9, 2013, KOIN 6 News/Dean Barron)
Sorella Stoute, 14 months, stands in front of the 1962 Austin Healey Sprite she bought on eBay (July 9, 2013, KOIN 6 News/Dean Barron)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Sorella Stoute bought a  1962 Austin Healey Sprite on eBay last month. She’s a toddler.

The 14-month-old opened the eBay app on her dad’s smartphone last month and bought the car for $225 — without his knowledge.

Her dad, Paul Stoute, didn’t know about it until he got a congratulatory email from eBay. He checked — and eBay was right.

Sorella Stoute, 14 months old, bought a 1962 Austin Healey on eBay using her dad's smartphone app, July 9, 2013 (KOIN 6 News/Dean Barron)

Sorella Stoute, 14 months old, bought a 1962 Austin Healey on eBay using her dad’s smartphone app, July 9, 2013 (KOIN 6 News/Dean Barron)

“She decided to open the eBay app, and started clicking around and one thing led to another and we own a car,” he told KOIN 6 News, laughing.

Mom and Dad had an “initial panic,” he said. “‘What do we do? We can’t really afford it’ kind of thing.”

But they decided to keep it.

They called Sorrella’s grandmother, Carlene Stenejhem, and told her the toddler just bought a car.

“I said, yeah, right,” Stenejhem said. “And she said, no, Sorella bought a car on eBay and we have to buy it.”

The previous owner lives in Tualatin, which made it convenient for Stoute to pick up the car since it could have been anywhere in the US.

The Stoute family lives in a condo in Portland, so for now the Austin Healey is at her grandparents’ Milwaukie home for storage.

Paul Stoute said he’d like to restore the car and just started a page on a fundraiser website.

“I’ve done a lot of body work in the past, like bondo and stuff like that,” he said. “But this is another realm altogether.”

Maybe he’ll give it to her for her 16th birthday or for graduation.

“I’m just glad she didn’t buy the $38,000 Porsche I was looking at,” he said.

Since Sorella bought the car, though, he activated the facial recognition technology and has a new PIN code, just in case she ever gets the shopping bug again.

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