Rare 1968 Topless Sport Camaro Stolen at Car Show, Recovered Days Later

This is like Lassie Come Home, only better: a family from Morehead, Kentucky, was reunited with their beloved – and very rare – Chevrolet Camaro, days after a thief stole it in Tennessee, where the family was attending a car show.
1968 topless sport Chevrolet Camaro, stolen and retrieved 7 photos
Photo: Facebook / Roger N Kelly Lewis
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Roger Lewis tells WKYT that we was never as happy to see his car on a trailer, in his driveway, as he is now, after a terrible spell during which he had no idea whether it would ever be recovered. He also says he had no idea car shows in Tennessee were training ground for professional car thieves, so he’s bound to be more careful the next time he attends one.

The car he’s talking about is a 1968 topless sport Camaro, estimated at about $60,000. It’s been in his family for a very long time, since they bought it from the original owner, and no member has ever considered selling it. It’s their project and their pride and joy, so they wanted to spread that same joy by taking it to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for the Fall Rod Run.

On the second day of the show, when the family was in for the night at a local resort, “some guy” came, hot-wired it and took off with it. It took the Lewises and the police days to track down the Camaro – and it was through social media that they were able to do so. The post announcing it got stolen was shared more than 36,000 times, receiving over 4,000 comments. The family even offered a $10,000 reward to anyone offering information that would lead to the car.

Eventually, police found it in a secluded logging road and had it returned to the family. It took some damage to the dashboard and the right taillight, with Roger telling the same media outlet that fixing it will probably set him back another $10,000.

With all that, he’s happy to see it being wheeled into his driveway. He says police have made no arrests in this case yet, but he’s been told they have several persons of interest.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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