Over the past few months the media has reported on cars − most notably a Corvette − that were stolen years and years ago, only to turn up again after authorities managed to sniff out some peculiarities with VINs. Well, another Corvette has turned up after being lost for 26 years.
The most recent story floating around involves a Jaguar E-Type that was stolen from New York City and recovered U.S. Customs and Border Protection while they were in a container headed to the Netherlands, but there were four other cars recovered including this 1969 Corvette. CorvetteBlogger.com reports that this Corvette was stolen from Portland, OR in 1988 but authorities have yet been able to find out who the owner was, not to mention who were the perpetrators of the crime almost three decades ago.
When a stolen car is recovered, the current owner generally is out of luck as he/she would otherwise be in the possession of stolen property. In this situation, almost no one wins.
If you happen to have had a 1969 Corvette stolen from the Pacific Northwest while Reagan was President, you may want to contact customs officials in Los Angeles − hopefully you have the VIN to make things a lot easier.