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Man Finds Stolen '79 Corvette 33 Years Later


A Detroit man had his stolen Corvette returned 33 years after it disappeared while parked on one of Detroit's main drags, according to ABC 7.

The last time George Talley saw his 1979 Corvette was on a July day in 1981, when it disappeared from its parking spot on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit. He had given up hope of ever seeing his car again, until a phone call from AAA brought his sporty ride home. Authorities had come across a Corvette with a questionable VIN in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. When they ran the number Talley's stolen car report came up.

The car is still in pretty good shape and only has 47,000 miles on the odometer. Talley wasn't sure how he could get the car back home, but General Motors stepped in and agreed to cover the cost of bringing the 'Vette home.

Talley has always had a passion for Detroit-made muscle cars.

"I've always liked Corvettes. It was attractive. The ladies like 'em," Talley told ABC 7.


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      weaver636
      • 8 Months Ago
      The insurance question was the 1st thing I thought of. Unless he paid cash for the car nad did not have insurance "it belongs to the bank or insurance co.
      tobeckon
      • 8 Months Ago
      Very good chance he had no insurance at the time and if he did, he can elect to pay back what was paid to him at that time IF the insurance company even gets involved. I wouldn't want that bad publicity if I was that company though.
      Bbrugoo2
      • 8 Months Ago
      Ladies like them in 1979-1980's but today is different? Ladies like ladies things and a lady driven sports car, eh? Obama and Michelle sleep in seperate bedrooms and despite eachother in private. Bill & Hillary are the worst, they detest each-other horrible. I don't support gay rights but know things are changing but I'm glad that the gays have their own curses, they fight badly, sleep a mile apart bedrooms later intheir lives. Glad this guy got his car back. Glad Obama and Michelle, Bill and Hillary didn't get what they wanted back then?
        APerfectGentlman
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Bbrugoo2
        What the hell does any of this nonsense have to do with a Corvette. Are you senile or just stupid?
        dan_crabtree
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Bbrugoo2
        yep you are correct....as all take seperate planes when traveling and stay at seperate locations as well....safty or hatred ...you decide i choose the latter....man look for a million books to hit the shelves come the end of bamis final term... guranteeed..and all from white house so called insiders..
      klavezo
      • 8 Months Ago
      It is the number one mid-life crisis car for men. It is a sugar daddy car.
      bmitche
      • 8 Months Ago
      WOW. I now he was surprised. Cars can become so personal.
        Richard
        • 8 Months Ago
        @bmitche
        'Know' is short for knowledge and 'Now' id for the monent. Good luck in English 101....
          lnl80388
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Richard
          "Now' id for the monent"?. You must have meant.. "Now is for the moment" ..Maybe it's you Richard that needs the "Good luck in English 101."...
      Greenie
      • 8 Months Ago
      Don't be bad mouthing this guy I'm a Corvette guy I started driving them when I was 21, it was a new 1961 and I'm still driving one. Give the guy a break.
      lackbeery
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's good to see GM do something right for a change---Good PR. I have a friend who had a I believe '68' drove it for a while and left it to "rot" in the back yard. I'm not a car person but the sight of that poor car made me sick it was so beautiful.
      sgvette
      • 8 Months Ago
      "Talley has always had a passion for Detroit-made muscle cars." This story wouldn't be nearly as stupid if the writer bothered to find out that Corvettes arent made in Detroit, nor were they ever.
      pumaray
      • 8 Months Ago
      It was my understanding that they found the missing Vette in the Bowling Green sinkhole...
      LOUIE
      • 8 Months Ago
      im glad you got your car back George ,that vete is a classic and worth more than you paid for it new. you could buy almost every part for it including new interior,hope the insurance company helps you fix what ever is wrong with it ..some cars they never find because the take it apart and sell the parts.best story i read in a long time
        M
        • 8 Months Ago
        @LOUIE
        There is almost certainly no insurance money... IF there was insurance on the car, and IF it paid out after the car was stolen, the car became the property of the insurance company. I guess many/most people do not know that, and do not appreciate just how remarkable this is for the man. He almost certainly suffered a big loss when the car was stolen, (about two years old), and practically "won the lottery" in getting it returned to him...
      Fred
      • 8 Months Ago
      Lucky Guy.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Well I really like corvettes but a 79 is not by far a " muscle car". I'm happy that he got it back though. Happy Cruising!
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