Classic car owners, including those with powerful cars, trams, hot rods, antiques and vintage trucks, face uncertain times as car thefts are on the rise and thieves are getting bolder.
I recently came across a story written by a guy who owned a 1963 Daytona Blue Corvette Coupe with all the numbers matching. The all-original classic sports car had a dark blue interior with only the carpet replaced. The 327’s motor is said to produce a rhythmic movement that not only brings a smile to your face, but makes you dream that one day this beauty will stand in your garage. Then disaster strikes and you get out of your dream and get into his nightmare!
The owner of this beautiful piece of American history took his prized car into what he called a little “backwoods,” explaining that his friend decided to go there in an instant. As Jacob Morgan, owner of Bakersfield, California, described, “The event was an annual but informal gathering of classic car enthusiasts and I was thrilled to drop my car off. Unfortunately, the part of Florida where the event was taking place was very dry due to a drought. After about three or four hours From his arrival, a guy with a red GTO (I couldn’t tell you the year because I honestly didn’t care) decided to start his journey in front of the spectators. He set fire to the dry grass – and guess where my car was parked?
Unfortunately, theft is not uncommon and the methods are getting weirder. Jay Algar and I stole parts from one of our cars which we were towing to our shop while we stopped for a quick bite! We have a large number of traction covers that have been picked up over the years. And in fact, our auto pickup truck had brake lights cut while we were at a parts store one day picking up parts for a customer! A customer told us the story when he took his wife out to dinner and carefully parked his 1969 Corvette in a local restaurant, under a big bright light.