Thieves went to a lot of trouble to get away with a partially restored 1974 Chevrolet Corvette in McHenry, Illinois last week.
Now let’s hope the power of the Internet can help this Corvette enthusiast get his baby back.
The car shouldn’t be too hard to spot, since it has many unusual characteristics that should help identify it, even to a casual observer.
First off, owner Scott Kennebeck painted the exterior a bold yellow (covering up the factory Classic White) a couple of years ago. Then there’s the unique hood, modified to make room for the 454 V8 that took the place of the smaller 195 horsepower L48 originally powering the car. If you get close enough, another identifying characteristic is the paint chip on the aftermarket front bumper, which was damaged when Scott hit the wood stove in his garage.
If you happen to spot the car, it should also have white letter Goodyear Eagle GTII tires on rally wheels, a rear license plate light that doesn’t work, and a VIN ending in 419082.
The sad part is that the owner did everything he could to make it difficult for someone to steal the car, keeping it in a locked trailer on a storage lot off Route 120 in McHenry, with a pine tree deliberately blocking access to the tailgate. Unfortunately, thieves went to the trouble of chopping down the tree, prying open the tail gate of the trailer, and making off with the Corvette.
Scott didn’t find out about the theft until Saturday, Oct. 20, and it’s believed that the Corvette was taken either Wednesday, Oct. 17 or Thursday, Oct. 18. That means the bad guys have had a lot of time to do something with this car, but let’s hope we’re not too late to help.
Anyone with information about the ‘Vette should call Officer Ryan W. Pardue at the McHenry Police Department at 815-363-2200, case number 18-22624.
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