Stolen 1960 Corvette Autorama Show Car Found Chopped and Burned

Stolen 1960 Corvette Autorama Show Car Found Chopped and Burned
Photo Credit: Dave Fischbach

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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  1. I’m still waiting to find out what the thieves did with my Laguna Blue 1966 Corvette Coupe (VIN 699) that I restored and was stolen January 11, 1981. I was a grad student at the University of Kentucky and we came out that Sunday morning to go to church and all that was left were tracks in the snow!

  2. These scum are worse than thieves , they are the same as terrorists! Destroying an automotive work of art that took a decade to complete and robbing the artist of years spent on a creative and emotional masterpiece deserves far more that the usual sentences. 25 years to life with no parole should be just retribution for this heinous crime.

  3. Obviously anyone with half a brain should know that these useless pieces of human puke should die the most painful torturous way any human has suffered since the history of people! Even that’s to good for them!

  4. This country has gone to hell in a hand bag. Nothing is sacred anymore. Destroying a mans pride and will being for something he loved and devoted countless hours into this restoration are unforgivable.

  5. hey i know how you feel my cousin used to build cars of that nature.he would spend 1000-1800 hrs block sanding them straight before paint i was paid once to watch a guys car at a show along time keep people away from scratching it and so on. what i would have done is to take some one or friends with me that can keep a close eye on things until the show is over. some one he knows must be in on it because there’s know way that any one would no what he had in that trailer. just by passing by.i really feel bad for that guy

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