A 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray stolen more than four decades ago from an Indiana man has reportedly been returned to its rightful owner. RTV6-TV reported that Rex Hatton used all of his money to buy the car after he left military service and was ready to enjoy it with his new wife, Kay, when it was stolen.
They looked for the car for months but eventually gave up hope. Late last year, the Rex Hatton received a call from the Ohio State Police: His beloved Corvette — his “dream car” — had been found near Cleveland.
“I guess I didn’t believe them until I actually took a trip over there and seen them,” he said with a laugh.
The Hattons were reunited with his Corvette in March.
“It feels like I am a young kid again — for five minutes until I start getting out, then I won’t be young anymore,” Rex Hatton told WTHR-TV.
At some point, the car was modified. It now has a navy blue paint job over the original black and the seats appear to be worn out. The couple is planning to get the car restored in time for their 50th wedding anniversary.
“It will be a slow process because we don’t have a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but if we find one we will do it in parts,” Kay Hatton said.