Kids figured out long ago that you just never know what might be waiting in that big box when you open it on your birthday.
Well, that philosophy recently took an unusual turn down under.
Wharf inspectors in Brisbane, Australia finally opened a shipping container which had been sitting undisturbed on the docks for a decade and lo and behold discovered a stolen 1968 Corvette resting inside. The owner had reported the white convertible with a black top stolen 10 years ago and apparently went on his merry way after receiving an insurance payout.
If you live up in Northwest Washington State, be on the lookout for a Nassau Blue 1965 Corvette Coupe and an all-original 1970 Chevelle SS that were stolen from a warehouse in Puyallup, south of Seattle. The two classic cars were owned by Gary Tucci and were stolen sometime last Wednesday night.
So here’s a fact for Corvette trivia fans: In the last 30 years, which model year of Corvette has been reported stolen more than any other? If you answered the 1984 Corvette, then give yourself a hand.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau has looked a thefts of Corvettes from 1981-2011 and issued their report to the insurance industry. Over the last 30 years, 90,427 Corvettes were reported stolen in the United States and Puerto Rico with the 1984 model year leading the way with 8,554 thefts.
We’ve documented several times here and here the hilarity that ensues when an unsuspecting person gets trapped in a Corvette due to the battery being dead. Unless you’re familiar with the manual release lever on the floor, you’re stuck in a fiberglass box, or a holding cell as one would-be auto thief in Canada found out the hard way.
Last week thieves broke into a house in the small community of Wimauma which is Southeast of Tampa. After ransacking the house and taking furniture, electronics and appliances, two antique cars, a 1975 blue Convertible Corvette and a purple custom 1929 two-door Ford street rod were stolen from the garage.
Sometime during the night of July 8th, 2011, this 1959 Red Corvette was stolen from the garage of the Atlanta hotel in Valkenburg aan de Geul, Netherlands. The Corvette and its owner Piet Baggerman were there for the start of Holland’s 9th annual Corvette Fame show. The VIN of this Corvette is J59S104971. Word of the theft has been spread throughout the European Corvette community and we wanted to do our part to help out.
Ronnie Lee Long of La Mesa Mobile Home Park in Morgantown, West Virginia was arrested and is now being held on $250,000 on charges that he stole a 1975 Corvette. During the theft, Long led authorities on a chase that culminated with the Corvette crashing into a tow truck. The Corvette is owned by Rocky Manchin, brother of US Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.