Scott Kennebeck thought his big-block powered 1974 Chevrolet Corvette was safe. It was kept in a locked trailer on a storage lot located off of Route 120 in McHenry, Illinois, parked with a pine tree deliberately blocking access to the tailgate. Last weekend, thieves cut down the tree, pried open the tail gate of Scott’s trailer, and drove away with his partially restored yellow Stingray.
Scott had owned his third-generation Corvette for about six years, and it left the St. Louis plant wearing Classic White paint, powered by a 350-cu.in. V-8. Roughly two years ago, Scott kicked off a restoration that involved repainting it yellow (but not specifically the Corvette-specific 956 Bright Yellow) and swapping out the 195 hp L48 for something with a bit more grunt, namely a 454 V-8 sourced from a friend. The build required a unique modification to the Corvette’s hood, seen in the attached photos.
Inside, Scott described the automatic transmission car as “rough,” with new carpeting but tired seats, covered until they could be reupholstered. Other distinguishing features include white letter Goodyear Eagle GTII tires on Rally wheels, a chip on the aftermarket front bumper (from a run-in Scott had with the wood stove in his garage) and a rear license plate light that isn’t functional. The Corvette carries an Illinois license plate, K79 2099, and wears a VIN tag ending in 419082.
Those with information regarding the stolen Corvette are asked to contact Officer Pardue at the McHenry, Illinois, Police Department at (815) 363-2200, in reference to case number 18-22624.