Three months after buying a brand new blue Corvette for $6,000 in 1968, Alan Poster’s ‘Vette was stolen from a parking garage in Manhattan.
Unable to afford car insurance at the time, Poster thought he had lost his prized possession forever. In January 2006, however, U.S. Customs found the car in Long Beach, CA, after authorities flagged it as stolen. Soon after, with the help of the California Highway Patrol, the Customs Service and the New York City Police Department, the car was returned to Poster.
“This is definitely a miracle,” said Poster. "In speaking to the police, the odds of them finding me were a million to one."
Corvette America, a manufacturer and seller of aftermarket Corvette parts, accessories and interiors, is featuring Alan Poster and his recently Corvette America-refurbished 1968 Corvette in its nationwide "Generation" advertising campaign. With $15,000 in donated parts from Corvette America, the car, now dubbed "Reunion Blues" by Poster, and its story are making headlines once again.
"Alan Poster has an amazing Corvette story," said David Hall, president of Corvette America. "Almost four decades after his Corvette was stolen, it was miraculously recovered and returned to Alan, and we were able to help him refurbish it to its close-to-original condition."
On August 25, 2006, Poster unveiled his fully restored car during Corvettes at Carlisle. He is planning to use his now famous car to promote worthy causes. To view a video clip of the refurbishment process, visit www.corvetteamerica.com/clubs.