After pouring his heart and soul into his 1960 Corvette, Dave Fischbach suffered the ultimate sorrow for a car enthusiast last week when police discovered that thieves had destroyed his red 1960 Chevy Corvette.
Once he bought the classic Corvette in 2002 or 2003, Fischbach and his crew at Dave’s Collision & Car Repair in Bellaire poured countless hours into restoring the car over the next 10 years.
“There wasn’t anything we didn’t do to that car,” he said.
Fischbach was proud of the national awards the car had won and indeed planned to show it at Autorama, a custom car show in Detroit that was held Feb. 24-26, choosing a Southgate hotel that had security cameras and lights in the parking lot to keep his pride and joy safe overnight.
Or so he thought.
Fischbach woke up on the morning of Feb. 22, only to discover that his 1994 Ford F-350 turbo diesel fuel show truck was gone, as was the 42-foot aluminum trailer containing the Corvette and a Jeep.
Police quickly found the Jeep, but sadly, they later found the truck burned and the Corvette destroyed.
“They took a three-time National Corvette Show winner and cut it up in three pieces and burned it,” Fischbach told the Traverse City Record-Eagle on Thursday. “I can’t even describe my feelings. They totally destroyed my passion for cars right now.”
The incident is being investigated by several Detroit-area police agencies, but Fischbach said no arrests have been made.
“This (investigation) could be ongoing for years,” he said.
Fischbach has been restoring cars as a “passion” for about 40 years, calling the vehicles “works of art” and “not just history.”
While all the vehicles were insured and he’ll get reimbursed financially for his loss, no one can put a price tag on the emotional pain.
As he put it, “They didn’t just destroy a car, they destroyed me.”
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