Back in the fall of 1988, I bought a shiny new red 1989 Corvette coupe from a dealership in Calhoun, Ga.
It was my pride and joy for a couple of years before other priorities led to selling it with about 15,000 miles on the odometer.
Not surprisingly, it was literally a trip back in time when this story appeared recently in the LA Times about a 1989 red Corvette convertible that has just been found after being stolen from a new car lot in 1989 – and hidden ever since.
Who says people are afraid to get involved these days?
Even though he didn’t have a horse in the race, Michael Legg of Haysville, Kansas didn’t think twice about chasing a suspected car thief Monday.
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.