Toddler Accidentally Buys Vintage Car While Playing With Dad's Phone

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Kids love to play with smartphones, but sometimes it's bad news to let them do so. They might start texting your ex-girlfriends, post nonsensical baby gibberish to your Facebook page, or buy you a random beat-up old British roadster on eBay.


Wait. What am I saying? The last one is a great reason to let your kids play with your phone! Then you'll have a new toy to play with. BAM.

That's exactly what 14-month-old Sorella Stoute of Portland did in June. TV station KOIN reports that she was playing with her dad's smartphone when she opened the eBay app, started clicking around, and inadvertently bought a 1962 Austin Healey Sprite — encouragingly listed as "FrankenSprite" — in need of serious repairs for the low, low price of $225.

Was it really inadvertently, though? Maybe baby Sorella is just a gearhead in training, and she's tired of being carted around in a minivan or whatever. Maybe Sorella decided she needed some hoonage in her life, and she took matters into her own hands. That's what I'm going to go with.

Initially, Sorella's parents said they felt "initial panic," but decided to keep the car. They picked it up and keep it at Sorella's grandparents' house for the time being.

Her dad, Paul Stoute, said he has done some body work in the past and would like to restore the car, possibly as a 16th birthday present for Sorella. She is the one who bought it, after all. And it could have been much worse, he said.

“I’m just glad she didn’t buy the $38,000 Porsche I was looking at,” he said.

Thanks for being considerate, Sorella.

Photo credit KOIN

Hat tip to Bubbles!


Some say, she bought her first car at 14 months ... and that her mother mixes in 5W30 with her night time bottle ... all we know is that she's the Stig's illegitimate American daughter.