(CBS) — An antique car that was stolen in Michigan and then abandoned on a rural LaPorte County, Ind., road is being reunited with its owner.

The owner of the red 1963 Mercury Monterey coupe called LaPorte County Sheriff’s Police at noon Thursday, shortly after a friend saw photos of the car in media reports.

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Sheriff’s Police Capt. Michael Kellems said the car had been stolen Sept. 2 in Chikaming Twp., Mich., near New Buffalo.  It had been parked on a trailer and advertised for sale at the time.

The car had a damaged ignition and its vehicle identification number had been removed, apparently to cover the fact that it was stolen, Kellems said.

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Other than that, Kellems said, it was in “pretty good condition” after having been in the thieves’ hands for 2-1/2 months.

“The owner was very relieved” that police had been able to recover the car, he said.

Sheriff’s deputies found the car about 8 a.m. Monday in a “very rural area” on Wilhelm Road, south of County 1000 North.

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Strange as it may seem, Kellems said police believe the thieves were more interested in the trailer on which the Monterey sat than the car itself.