There was really no hope for a return of his stolen 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. At least that’s what Skip Wilson thought when it was stolen from his front yard in 1984. Now, thirty years later, the car has been returned. Better yet, it’s been fully restored and is ready to hit the car shows if he wants.
Since it was stolen, it has gone through four different owners. It never hit the radar of the authorities because the first character of the vehicle identification number was missing. When it was discovered in a crate bound for a buyer in Australia, the police tracked it back to Wilson.
“It’s got a new motor, upholstery, brakes, rims and tires, and the gauges – those are new, too – only say nine miles,” said Wilson.
He had to supply proof that it was his, but once that was located, he had to pay $900 to have it transported a few weeks later. When it was sitting on his front lawn, it was a junker, a shell of a car that needed desperate repairs. Now, those repairs have been done. No word from the person who restored it, the seller, or the Australian buyer.
Wilson has not indicated his plans, though he could take it to a Chevy dealership and have it sold in no time if he chooses.
“Every time I saw one of them on the road, I thought it was her,” he said. “It’s just unbelievable.”