1956 Cadillac once belonging to Rita Hayworth and stolen from 106-year-old veteran is found

The Bermuda blue 1956 Cadillac Eldorado that was stolen in North Sacramento, Calif., and later recovered.


By VINCENT MOLESKI AND MACK ERVIN III | The Sacramento Bee | Published: January 21, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Tribune News Service) — The Sacramento Police Department has found the classic car that once belonged to Hollywood icon Rita Hayworth after it was stolen from a 106-year-old military veteran Friday.

The car, a Bermuda blue 1956 Cadillac Eldorado, was stolen in North Sacramento with several car show trophies inside, police said. The car was recovered and returned to police headquarters sometime Monday afternoon. No suspects are in custody, but the investigation is ongoing.

The Eldorado has inscriptions that spell out Rita Hayworth’s name on the doors, rear and the engine block — and for good reason.

The owner told police the car was a gift from Hayworth herself, the famed actress who achieved fame during the 1940s at the height of World War II.

The centenarian was a film stuntman and also received three Purple Heart medals for his service in the war. The medals recognize soldiers who were wounded in battle.

The keys were inside the car when it was stolen, according to police.

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