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Muscle cars, donuts, burnouts and fireworks; these guys really love America PDF Print E-mail

Fourth of July Burnout

It's early July and that means that it's time to celebrate our nation's independence. Of course, we all observe the holiday in our own way. For some it's just nice to sit outside with a cool beverage and enjoy the outdoors. Of course, if you're like the guys from Bullet Motorsports, the best way to honor the country is to get into a big American muscle car, shoot off some fireworks and do a big smoky burnout to the straining voice of Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen. Sounds perfect to us.

If you ever listen to the verses of Born in the USA, it's not really the patriotic anthem that its chorus might suggest. However, these guys get a pass just for the awesome burnout and donuts in a '66 Chevrolet Impala in front of some of its compatriots. Plus, stay until the end to get a brief tribute to that American classic – The Dukes of Hazzard. Scroll down for a smoky dose of automotive patriotism.

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GM reunites Corvette owner with car stolen 33 years ago [w/video] PDF Print E-mail

George Talley, 1979 Chevy Corvette

Last week, we told you the story of George Talley, a 71-year-old Detroit man who had just received a whole heap of good news. Talley was informed by AAA and the Michigan State Police that his stolen Chevrolet Corvette had been found... after 33 years. While that's well and dandy, getting the car from where it was found – Hattiesburg, MS – to Detroit was a challenge for the retiree. That's when General Motors Executive Vice President Mark Reuss stepped in after hearing the story on a local news station, and offered to have the car shipped back to Detroit so Talley could be reunited with it. And today, that's exactly what happened.

Autoblog was on hand for the presentation at General Motors' Renaissance Center headquarters in downtown Detroit this morning and spoke with Talley and Chevrolet spokesman Mike Albano.

Talley owned his Corvette for two years before it was stolen from Detroit's Jefferson Avenue, just down the road from GM's current headquarters. It was returned running, and with just 47,000 miles on the clock.

"I'm excited and thankful and grateful and excited," an understandably emotional Talley told Autoblog. The 1979 Vette, which GM returned in the condition it was found in at Talley's request, will be heading off for a restoration. While GM footed the bill to get the car to Detroit, it won't be covering the restoration – we're told that an unnamed third-party will be handling that. While Talley estimates that process will take "a month or so," he already knows where he's going once the car is ready for the road.

"I think I'm going to cruise Belle Isle," Talley said.

"Corvettes are really special cars, they have a special place in their owner's hearts," Mike Albano told Autoblog. "There's something serendipitous about this whole thing, the fact that yesterday was the birthday of Corvette and right now, just a day later, we're kind of giving George a gift back."

"George's story brought a smile to my face," GM's Mark Reuss said in a statement. "As a longtime Corvette owner myself, I know the passion the car inspires. I also knew that car belonged home in Detroit, with its rightful owner, and we could make that happen."

We've got a short video of Talley and his car at today's unveiling, as well as photos from the event. The former is available below with an official press release from GM, while the latter can be seen up top. Take a look and let us know what you think of this truly great story.


Detroit Man Reunited With His Stolen Corvette After 33 Years

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Detroit Man Reunited With Stolen Corvette After 33 Years
2014-07-01

DETROIT – George Talley and his prized '79 Chevrolet Corvette were reunited at General Motors' world headquarters today, just three miles from where the car was stolen from him 33 years ago.

Talley, 71, last saw his Corvette when it was parked on Jefferson Avenue in 1981. On June 13, more than 30 years later, Talley received a call from AAA informing him his car had turned up in Hattiesburg, Miss.

"It was a lucky day to hear that my car had been found," said Talley. "They told me it was running, had 47,000 miles on it and was ready for me to pick up!"

Talley - a Corvette fan since he saw his neighbor's first-generation 'Vette in the 1950s - was fortunate to own three more Corvettes, but the '79 was always his favorite.

Talley's luck continued when Mark Reuss, executive vice president for GM Product Development, heard his story on the news and offered to ship the car home to Detroit.

"George's story brought a smile to my face," said Reuss. "As a longtime Corvette owner myself, I know the passion the car inspires. I also knew that car belonged home in Detroit, with its rightful owner, and we could make that happen."

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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Fewest vehicles ever found eligible for Most American survey PDF Print E-mail

Ford F-150 Ranks "Most American" In Annual Cars.com American-Made Index
Fewest Cars Eligible in Index's Nine-Year History

CHICAGO, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cars.com, the premier online resource for buying and selling new and used cars, today released its annual American-Made Index, with the Ford F-150 taking the top spot for the second year in a row. The ranking takes into account three factors to determine how "American" cars are, including domestic-parts content[1] (percentage of a vehicle's parts considered to be "domestic," meaning built in the U.S. or Canada), final assembly point, and overall vehicle sales.

"We uncovered a pretty remarkable phenomenon when compiling this year's list," said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com Editor-in-Chief. "Only 10 cars were eligible for the American-Made Index this year. That's the fewest in the study's nine-year history. In 2013, 14 cars met the threshold, 20 in 2012 and 30 cars the year before that. This consistent decline points to global nature of cars these days. Production in the U.S. is up, but parts are coming from all over the world, making the notion of classifying cars as 'American' more difficult than ever."

While the top two spots on the index remain the same from previous years, the bottom of the list introduces four models that are first-timers to the Index. Additionally, this year's index leans heavily towards foreign automakers, which fill seven of the top 10 spots.

"This is a drastic shift from the past," said Olsen. "For several years, there was a pretty even split between domestic and foreign automakers on the list. For the past two years, three GM crossovers made up about 30 percent of the list, however they've dropped below the requisite domestic parts content and, as a result, Toyota and Honda really dominate."

Rank Make/Model Manufacturer U.S. Assembly Location(s) Rank in 2013
1 Ford F-150 Ford Dearborn, Mich.; Claycomo, Mo. 1
2 Toyota Camry Toyota Georgetown, Ky.; Lafayette, Ind. 2
3 Honda Odyssey Honda Lincoln, Ala. 4
4 Toyota Sienna Toyota Princeton, Ind. 5
5 Toyota Tundra Toyota San Antonio, Texas 7
6 Toyota Avalon Toyota Georgetown, Ky. 10
7 Chevrolet Corvette General Motors Bowling Green, Ky. -
8 Honda Ridgeline Honda Lincoln, Ala. -
9 Honda Crosstour Honda East Liberty, Ohio -
10 Dodge SRT Viper Chrysler Detroit, Mich. -

"The top spot on the American-Made Index has gone back and forth between the Ford F-150 and Toyota Camry for several years," said Olsen. "This year's ranking showed little change to the top of the list with the F-150 and Camry continuing to take the top spots thanks to strong sales for both models and no change in their domestic-parts content. This is the second year in a row that the F-150 is being considered the 'Most American' vehicle and its fifth time in the number one spot since the index was created nine years ago."

For full results, additional content and more information about the 2014 American-Made Index, visit www.cars.com or blogs.cars.com.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN-MADE INDEX

Cars.com's American-Made Index rates vehicles built and bought in the U.S. Factors include the percentage of parts considered domestic under federal regulations, whether the car is assembled in the U.S. and U.S. sales. We disqualify models with a domestic parts content rating below 75 percent, models built exclusively outside the U.S. or models soon to be discontinued without a U.S.-built successor.

ABOUT CARS.COM

Cars.com is an award-recognized online destination for car shoppers that offers information from experts and consumers to help buyers formulate opinions on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car. Cars.com offers thousands of new and used vehicle listings, expert and consumer reviews, side-by-side comparison and build and price tools, photo galleries, videos, unbiased editorial content and many other resources. As the 2013 "Highest Ranked Third-Party Automotive Mobile Site" by J.D. Power, Cars.com puts millions of car buyers in control of their shopping process with the information they need to make stress-free buying decisions. Launched in June 1998, Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures LLC, which is owned by leading media companies, including A.H. Belo (NYSE: AHC), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), Tribune Company (OTC:TRBAA) and The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).

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GM recalling 8.4M cars, 8.2M related to ignition problems [UPDATE] PDF Print E-mail

GM's Barra Says Not Planning Further Ignition Switch Dismissals

GM Recall ChartGeneral Motors today announced a truly massive recall covering some 8.4 million vehicles in North America. Most significantly, 8.2 million examples of the affected vehicles are being called back due to "unintended ignition key rotation," though GM spokesperson Alan Adler tells Autoblog that this issue is not like the infamous Chevy Cobalt ignition switch fiasco.

For the sake of perspective, translated to US population, this total recall figure would equal a car for each resident of New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, the District of Columbia, Vermont and Wyoming. Combined. Here's how it all breaks down:

7,610,862 vehicles in North America being recalled for unintended ignition key rotation. 6,805,679 are in the United States.

A second group of vehicles* are being recalled for a slightly different ignition key rotation issue (more details below). 616,179 of these vehicles are in North America, with 554,328 found in the United States. Additionally 20,134 North American vehicles are being recalled because "insulation on the engine block heater power cord (if equipped) may become damaged during very cold conditions." 2,990 of these vehicles are in the United States. 117 vehicles in North America "may not have had a 'Superhold' joint fastener torqued to specification at the assembly plant." 106 of these vehicles are in the US. 12,002 vehicles in North America are being recalled because "an overload in the feed may cause the underhood fusible link to melt due to electrical overload, resulting in potential smoke or flames that could damage the electrical center cover and/or the nearby wiring harness conduit." 9,371 of the affected vehicles are in the US. Finally, 188,705 SUVs in North America are being recalled due to "a possible electrical short in the driver's door module that could disable the power door lock and window switches and, in rare cases, overheat the module." Here, 181,984 of these vehicles are in the US. The Cadillac models in the second grouping* have been found to be subject to unintended key rotation because of accidental bumping of one's key fobs (a condition similar to the June 13 Camaro recall), whereas the other, larger group of older vehicles is not subject to bumping. In either case, this is not like the infamous Chevy Cobalt ignition switch issue – the switch in these vehicles meet GM specifications, the company says the problem is with the key design itself.

The solution won't be a new ignition switch at all, it will be sending additional detachable key rings to owners (allowing drivers to disconnect their car key from the rest of their key chain to reduce strain on the system) and/or inserts designed to fit within the ignition key head itself to alter the keyring attachment loop from a slot to a hole (because the slot can cause the weight of the keychain to hang asymmetrically, thereby increasing the amount of torque on the key and as a result, the switch.

Company spokesperson Alan Adler, tells Autoblog that GM "changed the [key] design in late December of 2010," so vehicles built after that time are not affected by the issue.

GM is aware of seven crashes, eight injuries and three fatalities related to these issues. "The fatal crashes occurred in older model fullsize sedans being recalled for inadvertent ignition key rotation. There is no conclusive evidence that the defect condition caused those crashes," GM said in a press release. Scroll down to read the automaker's full statement.

UPDATE: GM's original documentation indicated that the 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan was amongst the many cars recalled. The company has subsequently corrected that to be the 2014 Cadillac CTS Coupe and wagon, not the sedan. We have a new post, as well, here.

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GM Announces Six Safety Recalls

DETROIT – General Motors announced today it will conduct six new safety recalls in the United States involving about 7.6 million vehicles from the 1997 to 2014 model years.

"We undertook what I believe is the most comprehensive safety review in the history of our company because nothing is more important than the safety of our customers," said GM CEO Mary Barra. "Our customers deserve more than we delivered in these vehicles. That has hardened my resolve to set a new industry standard for vehicle safety, quality and excellence."

Among these recalled vehicles, GM is aware of seven crashes, eight injuries and three fatalities. The fatal crashes occurred in older model full-size sedans being recalled for inadvertent ignition key rotation. There is no conclusive evidence that the defect condition caused those crashes.

"We have worked aggressively to identify and address the major outstanding issues that could impact the safety of our customers," Barra said. "If any other issues come to our attention, we will act appropriately and without hesitation."

GM has made changes to every process that affects the safety of its vehicles, and the company has acted or will act on all 90 of the recommendations put forward by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas in his independent report to the company's Board of Directors.

GM expects to take a charge of up to approximately $1.2 billion in the second quarter for the cost of recall-related repairs announced in the quarter. This amount includes a previously disclosed $700 million charge for recalls already announced during the quarter.

Until the ignition recall repairs have been performed, it is very important that customers remove all items from their key ring, leaving only the vehicle key, and always use their seat belts. The key fob, if present, should also be removed from the key ring.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com

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National Corvette Museum votes to preserve sinkhole PDF Print E-mail

National Corvette Museum Board Meets Regarding Sinkhole Fate

The National Corvette Museum Board of Directors met today to discuss and decide on the future of the Skydome building. Three primary options were presented: 1) Fill the sinkhole and replace the floor so that the building is much like it was previously; 2) Keep the entire sinkhole as is; 3) Keep a smaller portion of the hole open.

With 14 of the 16 board members present, the group decided to move forward with Option 3, keeping a portion of the sinkhole open, but pending review of further information. This option as it stands would include an opening approximately 25' by 45' wide, and 30' deep, providing views down into a portion of the cave. The opening could have some existing ground and rock face, and a dirt embankment where one or two of the cars could be placed for display.

Each board member expressed how the decision was not about them or what they thought but rather what is best for the Museum, and what most of the members and visitors would want. "I have a responsibility to represent the people who sent me here. We all do for our geographic areas," said a Board Member. "My own personal opinion changed as time went on. I come here today with my marching orders from my members. About two thirds of my organization says to leave it open in some form or fashion," he added.

After much discussion the Board decided that additional information was necessary before making a final decision. Some changes discussed could affect the cost estimate. More information was also requested on the impact on the humidity in the room and potential impact on any cars displayed within; the temperature control of the room and any associated impact on the Museum's utility costs; and review and consideration of any other costs associated with the maintenance of the Skydome if the hole is left partially open. The additional information could result in the plans being modified.

Mike Murphy, C.E.O. of Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction, was on hand to answer questions and provide his feedback on the proposals. "You come in and you have all these displays of the history and life of Corvette, and then you come into the Skydome to see this new part of history," said Murphy. "I think it will always be a part of history, but will the increased attendance continue? I don't know, but it will always be of high interest."

As expected, the group deliberated greatly as to what is the right decision.
Christy Thomas, CFO for the Museum, shared that an estimate had been provided for filling in Option 3's small portion of the sinkhole should the Museum decide later to end the exhibit. "If the interest in the exhibit wanes, or if down the road we decided that we don't want the hole any longer there is always an option to put the room back how it was," Thomas said.

Thomas shared with the Board some numbers – including a 59% increase in the number of visitors from March to June 23, 2014 compared to the same time period in 2013. The Museum has also seen an increase of 71% in admissions income, 58% increase in Corvette Store sales, 46% increase in Corvette Café sales, 72% increase in Membership for a total of a 65% increase in these revenue areas overall.

"We have to look at creative ways to generate interest in the Museum," said Executive Director Wendell Strode. "It would be so much easier to just be a regular automotive museum with our Corvettes on display, but we have to think outside the box."
The construction plans also included eliminating the two level display space that once existed in the Skydome, both making it easier to get cars in and out, and increasing the number of cars that can be accommodated for display.

"We only have one chance to do this right. As a board, we owe it to everyone to explore all possibilities, to completely investigate all financial aspects and impacts, and to make a fully informed decision," added one Board Member.

Plans are still on track to leave the sinkhole and 8 Corvettes on display "as-is" through the end of August and then begin construction in September. The Museum will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with an event August 27-30, and the Grand Opening of the NCM Motorsports Park is slated for August 28. "We have a lot to be thankful for right now," said Strode. "We really want to thank all those who have stood by us during this difficult time, and we are looking forward to celebrating with everyone in August! "

The Museum is located at I-65, exit 28 in Bowling Green, KY - just one hour north of Nashville, TN and less than two hours south of Louisville, KY. Open daily, 8am-5pm CT, admission to the Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors age 65 and over, $5 for kids age 6-16 and children age 5 and under are free. Access to view the sinkhole is included with regular admission. Guests who enter the Skydome to view the sinkhole must be age 8 or older. For more information on the Museum, visit their website at www.corvettemuseum.org or call 800-538-3883.

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GM suspends Chevy Cruze sales over airbag fault [UPDATES] PDF Print E-mail

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

General Motors has issued an immediate stop-sale order on 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedans due to concerns over an issue with the popular compact's airbags. The stop-sale was issued in a notice sent to dealers which has been obtained by Automotive News.

It's unclear how many examples of the compact sedan could be affected right now, although according to the notice, some of the cars may have "suspect" inflator modules on the driver's-side airbag.

"The inflator module may have been assembled with an incorrect part," the notice reads. It's not specifically mentioned what this incorrect part could do to the airbag system. Dealers have been told to halt all deliveries of new and used models until the totality of the situation can be confirmed.

"We are working diligently with the supplier to identify the parts in the affected vehicles so we can resume delivery," GM spokesman Jim Cain told Automotive News. As of right now, it's not clear whether a recall will be issued for affected cars.

This is the second stop-sale issued for the Cruze this year. The last incident, which focused on turbocharged models, led to a recall of 172,000 units from model years 2013 and 2014 over worries that the half-shafts could fracture. For those keeping score at home, if this develops into a full-scale recall, it'd be number 45 of 2014.

We'll stay with this story as it develops.

UPDATE: 33,000 Chevrolet Cruze sedans could be affected by the the "suspect" part, GM spokesman Jim Cain told Autoblog via email.

UPDATE 2: According to an anonymous source within GM, the 33,000 affected vehicles have been identified and the stop-sale order has been lifted. The company is moving toward a recall.

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National Corvette Museum votes to preserve sinkhole PDF Print E-mail

National Corvette Museum Board Meets Regarding Sinkhole Fate

The National Corvette Museum Board of Directors met today to discuss and decide on the future of the Skydome building. Three primary options were presented: 1) Fill the sinkhole and replace the floor so that the building is much like it was previously; 2) Keep the entire sinkhole as is; 3) Keep a smaller portion of the hole open.

With 14 of the 16 board members present, the group decided to move forward with Option 3, keeping a portion of the sinkhole open, but pending review of further information. This option as it stands would include an opening approximately 25' by 45' wide, and 30' deep, providing views down into a portion of the cave. The opening could have some existing ground and rock face, and a dirt embankment where one or two of the cars could be placed for display.

Each board member expressed how the decision was not about them or what they thought but rather what is best for the Museum, and what most of the members and visitors would want. "I have a responsibility to represent the people who sent me here. We all do for our geographic areas," said a Board Member. "My own personal opinion changed as time went on. I come here today with my marching orders from my members. About two thirds of my organization says to leave it open in some form or fashion," he added.

After much discussion the Board decided that additional information was necessary before making a final decision. Some changes discussed could affect the cost estimate. More information was also requested on the impact on the humidity in the room and potential impact on any cars displayed within; the temperature control of the room and any associated impact on the Museum's utility costs; and review and consideration of any other costs associated with the maintenance of the Skydome if the hole is left partially open. The additional information could result in the plans being modified.

Mike Murphy, C.E.O. of Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction, was on hand to answer questions and provide his feedback on the proposals. "You come in and you have all these displays of the history and life of Corvette, and then you come into the Skydome to see this new part of history," said Murphy. "I think it will always be a part of history, but will the increased attendance continue? I don't know, but it will always be of high interest."

As expected, the group deliberated greatly as to what is the right decision.
Christy Thomas, CFO for the Museum, shared that an estimate had been provided for filling in Option 3's small portion of the sinkhole should the Museum decide later to end the exhibit. "If the interest in the exhibit wanes, or if down the road we decided that we don't want the hole any longer there is always an option to put the room back how it was," Thomas said.

Thomas shared with the Board some numbers – including a 59% increase in the number of visitors from March to June 23, 2014 compared to the same time period in 2013. The Museum has also seen an increase of 71% in admissions income, 58% increase in Corvette Store sales, 46% increase in Corvette Café sales, 72% increase in Membership for a total of a 65% increase in these revenue areas overall.

"We have to look at creative ways to generate interest in the Museum," said Executive Director Wendell Strode. "It would be so much easier to just be a regular automotive museum with our Corvettes on display, but we have to think outside the box."
The construction plans also included eliminating the two level display space that once existed in the Skydome, both making it easier to get cars in and out, and increasing the number of cars that can be accommodated for display.

"We only have one chance to do this right. As a board, we owe it to everyone to explore all possibilities, to completely investigate all financial aspects and impacts, and to make a fully informed decision," added one Board Member.

Plans are still on track to leave the sinkhole and 8 Corvettes on display "as-is" through the end of August and then begin construction in September. The Museum will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with an event August 27-30, and the Grand Opening of the NCM Motorsports Park is slated for August 28. "We have a lot to be thankful for right now," said Strode. "We really want to thank all those who have stood by us during this difficult time, and we are looking forward to celebrating with everyone in August! "

The Museum is located at I-65, exit 28 in Bowling Green, KY - just one hour north of Nashville, TN and less than two hours south of Louisville, KY. Open daily, 8am-5pm CT, admission to the Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors age 65 and over, $5 for kids age 6-16 and children age 5 and under are free. Access to view the sinkhole is included with regular admission. Guests who enter the Skydome to view the sinkhole must be age 8 or older. For more information on the Museum, visit their website at www.corvettemuseum.org or call 800-538-3883.

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GM suspends Chevy Cruze sales over airbag fault [UPDATES] PDF Print E-mail

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

General Motors has issued an immediate stop-sale order on 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedans due to concerns over an issue with the popular compact's airbags. The stop-sale was issued in a notice sent to dealers which has been obtained by Automotive News.

It's unclear how many examples of the compact sedan could be affected right now, although according to the notice, some of the cars may have "suspect" inflator modules on the driver's-side airbag.

"The inflator module may have been assembled with an incorrect part," the notice reads. It's not specifically mentioned what this incorrect part could do to the airbag system. Dealers have been told to halt all deliveries of new and used models until the totality of the situation can be confirmed.

"We are working diligently with the supplier to identify the parts in the affected vehicles so we can resume delivery," GM spokesman Jim Cain told Automotive News. As of right now, it's not clear whether a recall will be issued for affected cars.

This is the second stop-sale issued for the Cruze this year. The last incident, which focused on turbocharged models, led to a recall of 172,000 units from model years 2013 and 2014 over worries that the half-shafts could fracture. For those keeping score at home, if this develops into a full-scale recall, it'd be number 45 of 2014.

We'll stay with this story as it develops.

UPDATE: 33,000 Chevrolet Cruze sedans could be affected by the the "suspect" part, GM spokesman Jim Cain told Autoblog via email.

UPDATE 2: According to an anonymous source within GM, the 33,000 affected vehicles have been identified and the stop-sale order has been lifted. The company is moving toward a recall.

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GM helping to reunite owner with Corvette stolen 33 years ago PDF Print E-mail

Stolen Corvette found 30 years later

Detroit resident George Talley has reason to celebrate after finding out that his classic Chevrolet Corvette is coming home 33 years after being stolen, and General Motors is helping get it back to him.

Talley last saw his 1979 'Vette in July of 1981 when he had it parked on a Detroit street. Unfortunately, thieves made off with it. Talley filed a police report, but after three decades, he had understandably given up any hope of getting the sports coupe back. However, out of the blue last week, he received a call that Mississippi police recovered the car, and it was ready to pick up. While the condition probably isn't as nice as Talley left it, the Corvette reportedly still runs.

According to our partners at AOL Autos, GM is even stepping up to support him by covering the cost of shipping the Corvette back to the Motor City. Scroll down to watch the rest of this heartwarming story.


Man Finds Stolen '79 Corvette 33 Years Later
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