Video: After 43 Years, Stolen Corvette Returned To Original Owner

Back in the early 70s, it was still possible to graduate with nothing but a high school degree, get a good job, and make enough money to buy a brand new Corvette. That’s exactly what Terry Dietrich did with money she saved from her first job, splurging on a beautiful blue ‘72 Corvette Stingray that began a lifelong love affair with automobiles.

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But just six months after Terry had purchased her ‘Vette, shifty thieves swiped it from the office parking lot where she worked. The cops gave her little hope, and after a couple of years she simply gave up on ever seeing her first Corvette again.

As the Today Show reported, last year the Georgia native received a phone call stating that her long-lost Corvette had been found in North Carolina. But because the insurance company had already paid her a settlement on the car, she couldn’t claim it, left to pine over a few pictures they sent of the vehicle.

Normally, that’d be where the story would end, but the insurance company, AllState, pulled a pretty cool PR stunt when it decided to return Terry’s Corvette to her, and on her birthday no less. The insurance company even got Terry’s original insurance agent to come out of retirement and hand deliver the Corvette back to her. In a day and age where corporations are constantly under scrutiny for all sorts of unscrupulous allegations, it’s only fair to give the same industry giants credit when they do something truly…human.

It doesn't get much more 1972 than this

Seriously, try to watch this whole video without getting at least a little choked up. Human beings wrap a lot of emotion up in vehicles of every kind for every sort of reason, and you can hear it in Terry’s voice as she starts the Corvette up for the first time in more than four decades. It’s little things like this that make being a car enthusiast worth all the headaches and high costs.

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Chris Demorro

Christopher DeMorro is a freelance writer and journalist from Connecticut with two passions in life; writing and anything with an engine.
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