We couldn’t imagine seeing our precious car stolen, but one Southern California classic car collector has had a nightmare of a time regarding his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro theft.
Allegedly, Michael Sunter, the owner of the 1969 Camaro, said upon returning from purchasing propane he spotted his bright orange 1969 Camaro driving in the opposite direction of him, and immediately knew his car had been stolen.
“I just immediately realized that it was my car,” Sunter said to local NBC 4. “It felt like my throat fell out of my stomach.”
After filing a claim in 2011 with Hagerty Insurance, which had insured the car for $85,000, Hagerty denied the claim outright. Hagerty responded back with records showing Sunter’s 1969 Camaro was sold and shipped overseas to Australia in 2009.
Hunter first purchased the car 20 years ago, where he’s spent the greater portion of that time restoring the car to its former glory, something we can all relate to.
Hunter has come forth providing photos of himself and the car in 2010 and even a photo of the 2010 DMV registration sticker on the license plate. Across the world, the alleged buyer of the 1969 Camaro is claiming a clerical resulted in a mix up of titles.
Now, the case is headed to court, where Sunter’s lawyer says Hagerty will right the wrongs it has committed by not conducting a proper investigation.
“They have to do a complete, fair and thorough investigation before denying a claim, and they didn’t do that here,” said attorney Travis Corby.
Countering, Hagerty has provided their own statement on the matter saying, “We are confident this claim has been handled properly, but due to ongoing litigation we are unable to provide specific details at this time.”
It sounds like the quite the case of he said, she said, but Sunter won’t have much longer to wait. The lawsuit is scheduled for trial in June of this year.