Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Reward offered for stolen Corvette

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PAT MONAHAN and his wife Terry stand by the 1962 Corvette that was stolen sometime between Aug. 17 and 18 in Pacific Grove. Courtesy photo

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From page A1 | August 28, 2013 | 6 Comments

Pat Monahan would really like his car back.

“We went to dinner,” the Camino man said, and despite having a trailer to transport and store the car, he jockeyed it between cars in the driveway of the Pacific Grove bed and breakfast he and his wife were staying at for Classic Car Week and the Monterey Rolex Car Show after they returned. That was at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17.

By 7:40 the next morning, when he went down to his car, his red 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster was gone.

“There were eight people in the B&B’s atrium, 20 feet away,” he said. After greeting them when they returned from the restaurant, Monahan and his wife, Terry, went to their room. He realized he forgot his glasses to read the newspaper, and quickly went back to the car to get them. The car was still there.

At 9:30 p.m., another guest returned to the B&B. He noted the Corvette was gone, but thought the Monahans might still be out at dinner and thought nothing of it.

The classic car was “completely obscured from the streets by landscaping,” he said, and about 95 percent obscured from side streets.

The engine was never turned on, Monahan said, or he and the eight in the atrium would have heard it. He believes the car was pushed — the driveway led to a slope that went two blocks to the ocean — and was probably put into a trailer and driven away.

“I haven’t seen it since then,” he said of the car he had owned for 20 years. “I’m not a dealer; it was never going to be sold.”

Monahan had photos of his two daughters from when he first started restoring the car, so young their heads just peeking over the side of the car. Now he has photos of his twin grandsons doing the same.

The car was part of the Concours and had received the Pacific Grove Concours Rally Judges’ Choice Award earlier Saturday. It was the second show Monahan entered the car in after retrieving the hard top from his attic — he had previously used the soft top. The car also had two unique features — a one-of-a-kind custom hood and custom Halibrand-style spoke front wheels.

It was one of 150 Corvettes that drove onto the Laguna Seca raceway and was parked in the Honored Corral, Terry Monahan wrote in an e-mail to the Mountain Democrat. “On Friday, we also attended the Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally Car Show and drove on the Historic 17 Mile Drive along the coast and downtown in the streets of Carmel while thousands of people waved us on and were excited to see all the classic cars drive by them,” she wrote. “Pat and I were very honored to win the ‘Judges’ Choice’ award for that day with our 1962 Chevy Corvette.”

Pat worked hard to restore the car. “It was in incredible condition,” he said. When he first restored it, he had it bead blasted and there was no damage anywhere — outstanding as the cars were cheaper then and no one had second thoughts if they got damage, he said.

Monahan is offering a reward for the return of the car. He urged anyone with information to contact him at 916-719-9442 or at moosetracks@comcast.net.

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Discussion | 6 comments

  • JoeAugust 27, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    It is probably in Mexico or South America by now, Sorry... Thieves Suck!

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  • Midnight12August 27, 2013 - 4:56 pm

    holy cow! With a car like that, even the rightous would be tempted.

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  • cookie65August 28, 2013 - 6:25 am

    Private Property has lost all meaning. The more enlightened call it progress.

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  • Jesse JamesAugust 28, 2013 - 6:44 pm

    Really? Johnny Cash called it "One piece at a time". Still my preferred method, but I'm not sure if Johnny or I were ever "enlightened". not sure how you can lay thievery at "progressives" feet but then again consider the source.

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  • LpAugust 29, 2013 - 12:02 am

    I hate thieves! Very sorry for your loss. I hope you get it back....

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  • cookie65August 29, 2013 - 4:10 am

    From those according to their means, to those according to their need.

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