A 1965 Chevy Impala SS's long road back to its original owner had plenty of twists and turns.
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Herb Younger and his two sons, who tracked down the beloved Chevy that Younger sold 20 years ago, were part of Chevrolet's presentation Wednesday at the LA Auto Show -- bridging the automakers' history with its new car lineup.
Younger, of Redondo Beach, bought the car in the fall of 1964 in Fort Collins, Colo., but had to sell it in the late 1980s. After five years and seven owners, Derek and Jared, who remember riding in the Impala as children, found the car at a dealer in Canada and reunited their father with an old friend.
"It was overwhelming," Younger said Wednesday. "I had no idea. It's in the garage, and every day I go down there and touch it and think, 'Wow, it's really here.'"
The Younger brothers' search began about five years ago. They had no way of knowing whether dad's Impala was scrap in a junkyard or passing the years comfortably in someone else's garage.
When they entered the vehicle identification number in an online search, it returned the address of an owner. Despite two letters, they did not hear back.
A multi-state pursuit ensued.
The car popped up in Arizona, Pennsylvania and New York. Then the Youngers heard from an owner in Maine, who said the car had recently been transported to Canada.
After considering the services of a private investigator -- this car meant a lot to the family -- they tried another online search. The search result: 1965 Chevy Impala SS for sale, Montreal, Quebec.
They called the dealer, confirmed the VIN and bought it over the phone. The car was in great shape when it arrived on a truck.
But the best part was yet to come -- reuniting the car with their father. The reunion was documented by a camera crew from Chevrolet that posed as a crew shooting a documentary on three generations of family members.
Watch the Youngers' story and the emotional reunion below. It is part of a series of car stories to celebrate Chevy's 100th anniversary.