Stolen car finds its way home after 26 years
MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky.— Herbert Boren bought a 1955 two door, hard-top Chevy Be Air for 65 dollars in the early 60s, but it was stolen from him 26 years ago. Monday, the car made its way home, and his sons say it's a miracle that it's still in such great shape after all that time. "In this condition... this is unreal. It should have, to me, been a big rust bucket," said Jason Boren.
It's the car both of the Boren boys grew up with until someone stole it right out of their driveway when Randy was 19. He says it's the reason he fell in love with classic cars. He was looking to buy one when he heard there was a 1955 Bel Air for sale in Benton. Randy said, "I kinda blew it off... didn't go look at it. Two weeks later, I noticed it on VCI and thought, 'I need to go down and take a look at that car.'"
Once he saw it, he immediately called his dad. "Those scrapes... that's something that won't polish out very easy. We recognized that. And this, it's a little dent right there," said Herbert Boren.
The title was still in Herbert's name, and the VIN number matched the one on the original police report filed back when the car was stolen.
Now, the car is headed back home where the Boren's say it belongs. Herbert said, "It just seems like a part of us. Just something that feels like it's supposed to be in this family."
The Kentucky State Police and Benton Police are working together to find out who originally stole the car.
Boren and his sons will likely restore the car back to the state it was in before it was stolen. Herbert estimates it will then be worth about $40,000.