EDIT: Still missing Thursday morning 18 August despite previous reports Sorry to say this happened in my part of the world. The guy was staying in a motel on I-40, so the thing could be anywhere from Chicago to LA by now. http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2011-08-17/mo-retiree-wants-his-last-hoorah-back#.Tku2BV0Zl94 When James Shapiro drove into Amarillo Friday evening, he was disappointed to find the car show he had heard about was not in town. When he checked out of his hotel Sunday, he was more disappointed to find his prized, ultra-rare classic convertible gone without a trace. The 74-year-old retired federal police officer and body shop owner from Springfield, Mo., called hotel staff and then police to help him locate the 1969 white and gold Hurst/Olds convertible, which should be pretty hard to miss on the open road. “It’s only one of 25 ever built,” Shapiro said. He said his is one of a few “clones” of the two convertible models Hurst/Olds manufacturers produced in 1969. The missing convertible is white with gold racing stripes on its sides and down its center, has dual air intakes on its hood and a spoiler atop its trunk lid. The sides of the hood’s air intakes read “H/O 455.” According to Amarillo Crime Stoppers, the car is worth about $75,000. Shapiro said he left the car about 8 p.m. Saturday night at the Holiday Inn Express parking lot, 2806 Wolflin Ave., after locking the car doors. He said he did not leave his keys in the car and there was no security alarm device installed in the vehicle. Shapiro said he hopes whoever has the car will either return it or leave it intact in a location where police can easily find it. "I would like to have the car,” he said. “I’m 74 years old. That was my last hoorah. It was the thing that kept me out of depression, to go to car shows and meet people. It gives me something to do because I’ve had so much illness over the last few years.” Shapiro said he has suffered four heart attacks, survived three open-heart surgeries and had 29 stents placed in his arteries over the last few years.