Detroit, Michigan - George Talley has loved Corvettes since he first saw a neighbour's first-generation 'Vette in the 1950s.
Now 71 and a grandfather, he's owned four of them over the years, but always says that his all-time favourite was his first one, a silver-grey 1979 C3. He wasn't alone; production peaked that year at 53 807, a record that stands to this day.
Sadly, other eyes also coveted Talley's pride and joy; in July 1981 it was stolen from Jefferson Avenue in downtown Detroit.
And that was that - until he got a call from Hattiesburg, Mississippi in June 2014, saying the 'Vette had re-surfaced when somebody tried to register it, and a discrepancy on the VIN number led local authorities to do a background checked on the car.
It was ratty but running, they said, with only 47 000 miles (75 000km) on the clock and, since he'd reported it stolen at the time but never filed an insurance claim, it still belonged to him and would he please come and take it away.