Filed Under:Markets, E&S/Specialty

Allstate reunites customer with stolen Corvette 43 years after claim payout

Allstate was able to reunite a 1972 Corvette Stingray like the one pictured with its original owner 43 years after it was stolen and her claim had been paid out.
Allstate was able to reunite a 1972 Corvette Stingray like the one pictured with its original owner 43 years after it was stolen and her claim had been paid out.

(Bloomberg) -- Terry Dietrich celebrated her 62nd birthday by reigniting a teenage romance.

The 62-year-old accountant from Duluth, Ga. was finally reunited last week with the 1972 Corvette Stingray that was stolen from her more than 40 years ago. She described the vehicle as her “first love,” according to a statement Monday from Allstate Corp., the insurer that worked with government officials and a car dealer to trace the Corvette’s past.

“That car, I hope, will never leave my sight again,” she said in phone interview. “It needs a lot of love and attention. I want to restore that car, I want to bring it back to life.”

Gary Greene, a used-car dealer, said he bought the Chevrolet from a widow last year for $10,000 with the idea that he would have something to “tinker with and fiddle with.” Reviewing documents tied to the car and its vehicle identification number raised red flags, said Greene, whose business is in Forest City, N.C.

“It wasn’t a convertible, but the title had ‘CN,’ like a convertible should have,” Greene recalled in a phone interview. “And then, I looked at the year model on the title, and it said 1969. Well, that body had not been modified at all, and that was a ’72 model car.”

He alerted the authorities. It turns out that Northbrook, Ill.-based Allstate was the rightful owner of the car after paying Dietrich’s claim decades ago, the company said. While insurers often auction property that they recover in such cases, this time was different, and the classic sports car was turned over to Dietrich for an undisclosed sum, Justin Herndon, a spokesman for the insurer, said by telephone.

Historic Find

“In the history of Allstate, at least, which goes back 80-some-odd years, we had never come across something like this,” Herndon said. “Almost all stolen cars are either found within the first five or six weeks, or not at all.”

The car was driven to Dietrich last week by her old Allstate agent with a new title, Herndon said.

Dietrich bought the car when she was 19, using money from her first job toward a down payment, according to the statement. She said it was stolen while she was at work.

Copyright 2017 Bloomberg. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Related

So what's it worth? The 4 rules for insuring classic cars

Determining the real value of classic cars involves careful research and lots of facts.

Featured Video

Most Recent Videos

Video Library ››

Top Story

Winners announced for NU’s Agency of the Year Award

The winners of NU’s 2017 Agency of the Year Award have been selected, and will be featured in profile stories in our October print edition and right here on PropertyCasualty360.com.

Top Story

Do you qualify for NU’s Excellence in Cyber Security Risk Management Award?

Gain your cybersecurity risk management program the recognition it deserves. Nominate your program for the NU Excellence in Cyber Security Risk Management Award today!

More Resources

Comments

eNewsletter Sign Up

Specialty Markets Insight eNewsletter

Receive updates and analyses on hard to place and challenging coverages. Sign Up Now!

Mobile Phone

Advertisement. Closing in 15 seconds.