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1979 Corvette stolen decades ago returned to owner

A motorist has been reunited with a stolen Corvette decades after it was stoen. 

Statistics show getting back your stolen car is something of a long shot. So George Talley could be forgiven for thinking he’d never see his 1979 Chevrolet Corvette again when it was stolen from a street in 1981. Imagine his surprise when the police in Mississippi called to say they’d found it.

A 1979 Chevrolet Corvette, similar to that pictured, was founded by Mississippi police and returned to Detroit owner by Chevy
A 1979 Chevrolet Corvette, similar to that pictured, was founded by Mississippi police and returned to Detroit owner by Chevy

The silver sports car was parked on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit when Talley returned to find it gone. Talley said: “I was furious. I was riding around the neighbourhood with a buddy of mine looking for it, but we didn’t find it.”

Some 33 years later, almost to the day, police called the 71-year-old to say it had been located in Mississippi. During a radio interview, General Motors’ Executive VP heard Talley’s tale and offered to collect it and return the car to the Corvette enthusiast. Terry Rhadigan, product manager at GM, said, “We just contacted our logistics people at Chevrolet and had them pick the car up.”

The 1979 Corvette has only 47,000 miles on the clock and the radio still works. Despite having bought and sold three Corvettes since this one disappeared, Talley plans on keeping this one. 

This isn’t the only classic Corvette that has gone missing only to turn up decades later. This Corvette owner waited 37 years for his stolen ‘Vette to be returned in what police described as a ‘million to one’ shot. Better make that half a million to one. 

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