A man who spent five years restoring a Chevelle dating from the 1970s said losing it to a thief at an Indianapolis car show is "like a bad dream."
Keith Parmer of Holt, Mich., had brought the Chevrolet Chevelle to Indianapolis for the Goodguys 3rd Speedway Nationals, the Indianapolis Star reported. He said that Sunday morning he woke to find the locks on the Chevelle's trailer, parked outside his hotel, had been cut and the car was gone.
"You can't process it. You're just numb," he said. "Driving home, I couldn't think straight. It's like a bad dream. It's comparable to someone close to me dying."
Parmer said he and his wife, Terri Perkins, paid $20,000 for the Chevelle in 2008 after spotting it on eBay. The restoration cost then nearly $300,000 and hours of labor.
The car was insured, but Parmer, a car dealer, said getting money for it is not what he wants.
"The big thing is the amount of work and time and effort and sleepless nights, the number of times you feel like you want to pull your hair out when you're building these things," he said.
Parmer hopes the car will be recovered. He said even if it has been cut up for parts he could try to restore it.