It was stolen when new and looks a bit the worse for wear, but police in Michigan are seeking its long-lost owner.

CarAndDriver, By Annie White

© CarAndDriver | Police Recover 1981 Chevy Corvette Stolen Nearly 40 Years Ago.

Police in Livonia, Michigan, recovered a Corvette in late October one that was reported missing 38 years ago, when it was a new car, in Pontiac, Michigan.

The blue 1981 Chevy Corvette still has just 10,000 miles on it, reports local Detroit-area news station Fox 2.

The primary vehicle identification number had been scratched off in one place, but police were able to find a hidden secondary one, which was still legible, according to a report on the Livonia PD's Facebook page.

The same year it was made, it was stolen. There's a tragic story about a 1981 Corvette, a legendary car that demands attention and apparently attracted the wrong kind of attention 38 years ago in Pontiac, Michigan when the owner of the still-new car reported it stolen.

But this story ends more happily than most long-lost-car stories do: Just this past week, police recovered the car, and it was only located 40 minutes south, in Livonia. The car has just 10,000 miles on it, and from police photos, we're guessing that, whatever hands it passed through since 1981, they took care of it as if it was their own.

A homeowner in Livonia called the police after the vehicle sat on his street for several weeks without a license plate. Now, police are on a mission to find the original owner and to get the Corvette back, which has been made slightly more difficult because the Pontiac Police Department no longer exists. 

Nonetheless, if the original owner made an insurance claim, then technically the car could belong to the insurance company. Is it yours?

This article was originally published by CarAndDriver.
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