Imagine if, after more than 40 years of separation due to theft, your classic 1972 Chevrolet Corvette were found alive and well in another state – only, in order to get it back in your driveway, you had to buy it again.
That scenario is exactly what’s befallen Ms. Terry Dietrich from Georgia, whose blue ’72 Corvette (pictured) was stolen from her driveway after only 6 months of ownership. The HuffPost Live report below states that somehow or another, three years after the theft, the Corvette C3 ended up the property of a man in North Carolina.
This North Carolina man kept the Corvette until his passing, when it changed hands again, going to car restorer Gary Green. It wasn’t long before Mr. Green uncovered discrepancies between the mismatched stampings on the car, revealing it to be the very same blue 1972 Corvette that was stolen from a driveway in Georgia, 40-some years prior.
Now, in order for Terry Dietrich to get her classic Corvette back, she must bid on it and win. Why, you might ask? Because when the car was stolen four decades ago, Ms. Dietrich accepted a payment from her insurance company for the value of the car, thereby forfeiting her right to ownership. It’s an awful situation to be in, but seeing as she was compensated soon after the incident for the full value of the car, not entirely unfair.
That said, we rather hope that some good Samaritan might buy the classic ’72 Corvette at auction, and then promptly gift it back to its original owner. Everyone likes a “long lost love” reunion story.