Tennessee man's stolen VW Beetle recovered 40 years later
A Tennessee man whose Volkswagen Beetle was stolen while he was having dinner with a group of friends in 1974 never thought he would get his Bug back.
Joseph MacDonald says he's the owner of the 1965 car, which authorities say was recently discovered in Detroit, 40 years after it was stolen.
I'll pause while you get over the shock of finding a stolen car in Detroit. Actually, that it was recovered is pretty shocking, especially considering that it was stolen in Tennessee and recovered in Michigan. The current owner was planning on shipping it to Europe to be restored, and in the process of getting it ready to ship out of the country, the agent found that the car had been reported stolen some four decades prior.
Now, in my mind, this raises a question: Why hadn't this been caught sooner? I wonder if perhaps the person in MI who bought it has had it for a long time, and in the time they've owned it, the stolen vehicle records have been entered into the RMV's database. Unless this person bought the car in 1974 right after it was stolen and has held onto it for 40 years, it has most likely changed hands numerous times.
In any case, Mr. MacDonald has an interesting story to tell and a fifty year old classic to finish restoring...
That is all.