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Austin-Healey Sprite Sportscar Bought on eBay by Baby With Smartphone

Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 06:55 AM

By Morgan Chilson

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A 14-month-old in Oregon accidentally bought a 1962 Austin-Healey Sprite on eBay with the swipe of her finger on her father's smartphone.

Sorella Stoute was poking buttons on her father Paul Stoute’s phone and managed to hit eBay’s "buy it now" option. Luckily, KOIN.com reported, it was a cheap car, coming in at about $225, but that’s because it was in pieces.

Paul Stoute said that he first found out about his daughter’s foray into car ownership was when he received a confirmation email from eBay about the purchase.

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Stoute and his wife decided to keep the car, although they don’t have a garage and are storing it at his parents’ condo. The enterprising father — who apparently needs to be on his toes to keep up with Sorella Stoute — set up a page on a fund-raising site to get help with restoring the car, KOIN reported.

"I've done a lot of body work in the past, like Bondo and stuff like that," he told KOIN. "But this is another realm altogether."

In an effort to make sure he doesn’t unintentionally buy more vehicles (and Paul Stoute told KOIN it was a good thing his daughter didn’t click on the $38,000 Porsche he’d been looking at), the wary father installed facial recognition technology and a new PIN code.

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Sorella Stoute isn’t the first child to strike it rich with eBay’s buy-it-now button. In 2011, a 7-year-old London boy bought a jet – yes, "a real-life Harrier fighter jet," according to NBC News — for $113,000. Sadly for the boy, he didn’t get to keep the airplane once his dad found out what he'd done.

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