A US father got the shock of his life after discovering his 14-month-old daughter had bought a classic Austin Healey Sprite for $225.

Despite not even being able to say the word ‘car’, toddler Sorella Stoute managed to place the order using the eBay app on her father’s smartphone.

The first her dad knew of the transaction was when he received an email from the auction site asking him to complete payment.

Speaking to ABC News, Paul Stoute said: “I actually thought it was a phishing email — one of those where people try to steal your information, that kind of thing.

“I actually looked it up on eBay just to make sure it was legit and sure enough the little one must’ve bought a car.”

Luckily for this parent, the seller of the Austin Healey was sympathetic to his predicament.

Mr Stoute continued: “I contacted the seller right away to make sure that, if there was any way to be able to get out of it…  And he was okay with being able to get out of it.”

Eventually, however, the family decided to keep the car, the idea being to present it to Sorella as a 16th birthday present after letting her grandfather, who restores historic muscle cars, work on it.

“To say it’s a project is by far an understatement for sure,” explained Mr Stoute. “So sixteen years, or fifteen years I guess [from] now, and hopefully it will be ready by that point."

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Daljinder Nagra


July 22, 2013

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