For those who can afford to buy one new, the Chevy Corvette has always symbolized a certain level of achievement. Many great men and women grow up dreaming of one day owning a Corvette, though it takes a much lesser man to steal a Corvette. Corvettes are a common target of theft, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau has put out some interesting statistics on Corvette theft in America.
Carscoop reports that the NICB identified 134,731 reported Corvette thefts between 1953 and 2011 out of a total production of 1,526,747 vehicles. It then broke down thefts by model year… and the most stolen Corvettes might surprise you.
First it’s important to note that because of the sketchiness of pre-1981 VIN number records, the NICB does not feel confident using those statistics. Therefore they can only reliably estimate that since 1981, about 90,000 Corvettes have been stolen in the U.S. Of those, the most popular year for stolen Corvettes is the 1984 model. Over 8,550 Corvettes from the 1984 vintage have been stolen.
The most-stolen Corvettes range from 1976 to 1986, likely due to the VIN number inaccuracies. We also attribute it to the fact that C3 and C4 Corvettes are currently among the least valuable; anything older or newer has a bit more value than these “malaise” year Corvettes. Honestly, we’re not shocked by any of this info. Are you?