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Georgia Woman Tearfully Reunited with her Stolen 1972 Corvette Stingray

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Terry Dietrich's stolen 1972 Corvette Stingray

Terry Dietrich’s stolen 1972 Corvette Stingray

Way back in February, we told you about the tragic love story between Terry Dietrich and her Corvette.

Back when she was a 19-year-old teenager working her very first job, Dietrich bought the car of her dreams: a brand new 1972 C3 Corvette Stingray. Terry got to enjoy her Vette for all of six months, before it was stolen from her office’s parking lot.

Then, over four decades later, a used car dealership discovered Terry’s stolen Stingray when he noticed the vehicle’s phony VIN. There was only one problem: Allstate had already paid Terry’s insurance claim, so the car didn’t technically belong to her—plus, after so many years, neither Allstate nor Terry could find the car’s title.

“If I could get that car back, it could roll back up the same driveway, pull back into the same carport it left 11-14-72,” Terry, who still lives at the same Duluth, Georgia address, said at the time. “How awesome is that?”

Well, after several months, we now know the answer: pretty damn awesome.

Take a look for yourself:

Allstate did the right thing and returned the Corvette to Terry, with her original insurance agent even coming out of retirement to personally deliver the Stingray to her—on her 62nd birthday, a full 43 years after the Stingray’s disappearance.

“I know it’s old,” an emotional Terry told NBC’s TODAY. “But I’m old, too! We’ll grow old together!”

It’s always nice to see a love story like this have a happy ending…

  • So Sad

    What a terrific ending. If only she’d have as easy a time today as in ’72 trying to find gas to for that C3 LT1 car (at least that’s an LT1 hood it’s sporting). Those hi-performance 11:1 compression ratio motors really, really hungered for leaded fuel.