A sweet but forlorn and inoperative classic-era Chevy stolen 30 years ago from Ian “Skip” Wilson just came back to him — reborn.
“There’s all kinds of chrome added under the hood,” said Wilson, a retired mechanic doubly astonished that his 1957 Bel Air has returned and that it’s been gorgeously customized.
“The headers look brand spankin’ new,” he said. “The tires, they look like they haven’t even been around the block.”
A ‘57 Bel Air is one of the world’s most prized collector’s cars. This one was stolen from Wilson’s place in Clearlake Oaks, California not just once but twice in the early 1980s.
Wilson, who’s 65 and battling cancer, had long before quit hoping to see it again when, in February 2014, a California Highway Patrol investigator named Mike Maleta phoned him from Southern California. The car had been found in a shipping container on the way to Australia.