Skip Wilson purchased his 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air for 375$ in 1975. He wrenched on the car with pride until it was stolen in 1983. The car was eventually recovered but it was missing its engine and transmission. Before the 65-year old had the chance to make it road-worthy, it was stolen once again, for good this time. At least it seemed that way.
One day, a California Highway Patrol investigator called Wilson and said he had a Chevy in his possession, which might be of interest to him. It turns out Wilson’s old ’57 Chevy had four owners over the 30-years it was missing, one of which fully restored it, complete with a 350 small block and Holley four-barrel carburetor. The last owner tried to ship the car to Australia, and when border inspection ran the VIN they found out who it really belonged to.
The car was removed from the dock just two days before it was to be shipped to Australia and returned to Wilson last Monday. It looked much different than when it left his posession. The car he knew was a two-tone yellow and white and was in rather rough shape, but when it arrived at his door step it was painted Competition Orange and had been fully overhauled.
“Somebody put a whole lot of work and money into that car,” Wilson told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. “I imagine somebody in Australia must be awful upset.”
You can read Wilson’s amazing full story over on the Santa Rosa Press Democrat’s website.