Anyone who attended will attest that this year's Monterey Classic Car Show and Auction, which was sponsored by Mecum Auto Parts, was, by all appearances, a runaway success. However, on August 16th, 17th and 18th, there were a string of thefts that at the show that have left local police and organizers puzzled, as three classic Chevy's went missing from their parking spots just days before hitting the auction block.
Two of the cars – a white 1961 Impala convertible and a 1957 cream-colored Bel Air – were two of the 750 cars slated to go up for auctions part of the annual gathering. Both vehicles were owned by car dealers in the midwest with a history of bringing some of the finest cars at the auction. The Impala belonged to World of Wheels in Des Moines, Iowa, and the Bel Air to Sam Pierce Chevrolet of Muncie, Indiana.
Both rides were parked at the Del Monte golf course at the Hyatt Regency Monterey hotel awaiting their turn at auction before vanishing without a trace. The Bel Air was valued at roughly $65,000 while no figure has been released regarding the price of the Impala, though it is surely nothing to sneeze at.
An even bigger theft was had on the 16th, however, when a privately owned 1961 Impala with Idaho plates that cost more than $220,000 was swiped from the Fisherman's Wharf parking lot during the show. With so many visitors in town, authorities are baffled at not just the cars whereabouts but how these thefts could have taken place without witnesses.
Police are seeking the help of the public on this case, so if you have any information regarding the whereabouts of these vehicles please call 831-796-2100, or share your story below:
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