Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that the Chevrolet Corvette can keep up with the best of them both on and off the track. Since the end of the 2011 model year, Chevrolet has produced 1,526,747 Corvettes since production began back in 1953. Since 1981, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration required every vehicle produced to have a Vehicle Identification Number, there have been 862,918 Corvettes produced in the United States. VIN numbers were introduced by the NHTSA as a way to better regulate stolen vehicles. From 1981 to 2011, 90,427 Corvettes have been taken without permission with one particular model being snatched up the most.
Over the past 30 years, the 1984 Chevy Corvette has been snatched up 8,554 times, followed by the 1981 model with 8,262, and the 1979 variant taking the third spot with 6,399 units stolen during that time. It’s a head-scratcher, really, as the 1984 Corvette is regarded as anything but one of the better ‘Vettes to roll off the assembly line. As for the state that has stolen the most Corvettes, that prestigious reputation belongs to California, with 14,002. That’s almost double the amount than the state that has been caught red-handed after California. Florida has been caught stealing 8,731 Corvettes over the past 30 years followed by Texas with 8,198 units stolen to round out third place. Check out which states and model years have been stolen the most in the chart below.
|10 Most Stolen Model Years 1981-2011|
|Rank||Model Year Most Stolen||Total Number of Thefts|
|Top 10 Theft States, 1981-2011|
The Corvette began life back in January 1953 when it first went on display at the Motorama Show in New York City. It entered production almost seven months later on June 30, 1953 at an assembly facility in Flint, Michigan. By year’s end, a total of 300 Corvettes were produced, all painted white with a red interior and a black soft-top roof. An AM radio and heater were the only available options at the time and the asking price was $3,498. Production was later moved to a St. Louis facility in 1954 and then again in 1981 to Bowling Green, Kentucky, the site of production still today.
As for the 1984 Chevy Corvette being the most stolen model on record, we say that’s a head-scratcher to say the least. Perhaps the 1967 Corvette Stingray would have been a more suspected choice. What do you think? Are you surprised at this survey’s results? Which model year Corvette would you have guessed? Tell us your answer in the comment section below.
Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau