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[VIDEO] Allstate Returns a 1972 Corvette Stolen 43 Years Ago to its Original Owner


It was meant to be. How else can you describe it?

Terry Dietrich was born in 1953, the same year that the first Corvette rolled out of the factory.

That coincidence sparked a love affair for the Corvette that ultimately led to her decision as a 19-year-old to buy a brand new Corvette Stingray in 1972.

1957 Corvette Transformed from Basket Case to Bayou Cruiser

This beautiful 1957 red Corvette with white coves didn’t always look this great.

In fact, the master restorer who brought it back to life says it was “all busted up.”

As Mike McCabe of Busted Wrench Garage in Gulfport, Miss., put it, “It was a chopped up, drag racing car. It had holes in it and tires sticking out of the back.”

After taking the car apart and performing extensive “plastic surgery,” though, the classic Corvette is now a dream machine.

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Just a string of coincidences or a guiding hand from above?

You decide.

Dawn Hughes grew up in a family that loved Corvettes. In fact, for years her dad drove a 1964 Sting Ray convertible that he loved, but he eventually had to sell the car.

But not before he passed on his love of Corvettes to Dawn. In fact, she saved all she could for years to get one of her own. During what turned out to be their last conversation about Corvettes, her dad smiled and said, “I want to be there when you get it.”

Former Barn Find 1960 Corvette Has Great Story Behind it

The story behind a Corvette is what makes it stand out in a crowd.

Take this 1960 Corvette, which has had just two very conscientious owners since rolling out of the factory in St. Louis, Mo., not once but twice.

The original owner, a teacher named Ed Graye from West Frankfort, Ill., ordered the car with the “big” 290hp, fuel-injected 283 engine with a three-speed manual because he wanted to drag race it on the streets.

Chance Parking Lot Encounter Leads to Love for Two Corvette Owners

Sometimes love is not just in the stars – it’s in the cars!

For instance, I met Cindy, my wife of 25+ years, on a warm spring Saturday night while cruising the streets of Dalton, Ga., in my red 1986 Corvette.

It was really love at first sight, at least for me, as I quickly – and boldly for me – asked her to go to a Corvette show at Day’s Chevrolet in Acworth, Ga., the next afternoon.

Share your Corvette Story with Mid America Motorworks' MYCorvetteStory.com

Everyone has a Corvette story. Do you have one worthy of sharing?

It could be about your own Corvette or the first ride you took in a friend or relative’s Corvette. Whatever it was, most enthusiasts can usually recall that moment when you just knew you were a Corvette fan for life.

Now you can tell your Corvette story on a new website from our friends at Mid America Motorworks called MYCorvetteStory.com.

When Kevin Helmintoller donated his 2001 Mallet Hammer Corvette Z06 to the National Corvette Museum in late 2013, never in a million years would he have believed that the car would be lost a few months later in a catastrophic accident. But on the morning of February 12th this year, the ground gave way under the Corvette Museum’s SkyDome and swallowed eight Corvettes, the first being Helmintoller’s donated Z06.

GM's Fastlane Features Story of Corvette Hall of Famer John Heinricy
Photo Credit: CorvetteBlog.com

If you want to know why the Corvette has always been among the world’s best performance cars, you can thank folks like John Heinricy.

His love for Corvettes has been a big part of his life since he was eight years old and driving tractors on the family farm in South Dakota.

It was in those days that he started riding his bike to a nearby town to watch drag races each Sunday, and wouldn’t you know, the car that caught his eye the most even then was a 1961 silver Corvette.

[PICS] Corvette Seller Mike Furman Takes Delivery of his Personal 2015 Corvette Z06

It’s been a busy week for our friend Mike Furman at Criswell Chevrolet with all the new Corvette deliveries he’s been doing recently. He’ll tell you that he’s just doing his job – being one of the top Corvette sellers in the nation means spending a lot of time with customers on the phone and at the dealership – but there is another reason for that smile on his face. One of the first 2015 Corvette Z06s that was delivered to his dealership is his!

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