Stolen 1979 Chevrolet Corvette Returns to its Owner After 33 Years

A few weeks ago, Detroit native George Talley got a surprising phone call from AAA. Thirty-three years after his 1979 Chevrolet Corvette was stolen in Detroit, the car turned up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. And to top it all off, the car was still running and in one piece.

Apparently General Motors executive vice president Mark Reuss heard about the amazing find on the local news, and offered to ship Talley’s beloved Chevrolet Corvette back to Detroit. “George’s story brought a smile to my face,” Reuss, a longtime Corvette owner, said in a statement. “I know the passion the car inspires. I also knew that car belonged home in Detroit, with its rightful owner, and we could make that happen.”

Today at the GM Renaissance center, Talley reunited with his grey Chevrolet Corvette that was originally stolen only three blocks away, on Jefferson Street, in 1981. When it was found down south in Mississippi, Talley’s Corvette had just 47,000 miles on its odometer, and was still in running condition. Talley said that, as a longtime fan of the Chevrolet Corvette, the 1979 model was always his favorite.

This isn’t the first time General Motors has stood up for classic Corvettes. When the sinkhole opened up earlier this year at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, GM offered to help restore the cars damaged in the sinkhole.