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Stolen 1972 Corvette Stingray Recovered but not Returned

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Terry Dietrich's stolen 1972 Corvette Stingray

Terry Dietrich’s stolen 1972 Corvette Stingray

Imagine being young and in love… with a brand new 1972 Corvette Stingray; your first and ultimate “dream car.” Now imagine that your beloved Stingray is stolen, and police tell you that it’s probably been stripped for parts and dumped in a river. Now imagine that 42 years later, someone actually finds your long lost ’72 Corvette! And now imagine that even though it’s been found, there’s a good chance you won’t be getting it back after all.

A bit of an emotional roller coaster, no?

Well that’s the wild ride that Terry Dietrich of Duluth, Georgia, was taken on when her stolen Corvette was recently recovered in North Carolina. She recounts her heartbreaking story in the video below:

As Terry explains, her missing blue T-top Stingray was discovered by a local used car dealer who bought the ‘Vette after its owner passed away. When he noticed the mismatched VINs, the man contacted police, who contacted Terry.

Unfortunately, neither Terry nor her insurance company, Allstate, can find the car’s title. And even if they could, Allstate paid the claim for the stolen vehicle back in 1972, making the insurance company the actual owners of the Corvette.

“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,” said Dietrich, who still lives at the same address. “How awesome is that?”

It would be pretty awesome. Unfortunately, this story might not have an awesome ending.