In 1970, Joe was in the position to purchase his first brand new car. He ordered himself a 1970 Plymouth GTX just as he wanted it, and drove it off the lot. Joe and Virginia enjoyed the GTX from 1970 to 1983, when Joe had to sell the GTX to a friend after buying a 1979 Porsche 924 Turbo Porsche. Jump ahead to January of 2016, where Joe was getting ready to retire after driving school buses in New York for 16 years. Because Joe was such a hard worker and great Husband, Virginia wanted to make sure she got him something special as a retirement present. So Virginia sat down with their nephew Danny, and Danny threw out a great idea. “What about Uncle Joe’s 1970 Plymouth GTX?” and Virginia was on-board immediately!
Danny was able to track down “Big Blue” based off the VIN number from the GTX’s original Supply Sheet and soon got word that Big Blue is still registered and insured in Indiana. So Danny reached out to Big Blue’s current owner Jamie in Indiana, and proposed an offer with the backstory. Jamie asked for some time to think about it, and a week later, called Danny to let him know that his Uncle Joe deserved to have his baby back, and offered a price. Danny quickly got a hold of Virginia, and she told him to go get it. So, Danny and a few friends jumped in a truck and took off to Indiana to pick up Big Blue and bring her back home.
Finally, after all the work put in by everyone, it was time for the reveal! Joe said, “When I saw it, I just couldn’t believe it was the same car. I never thought I would see it again.” Joe was shaky, and there wasn’t a dry eye around. He took it for a quick drive around the block, parked it in the garage at home next to the 1979 Porsche 924 Turbo he sold it for, and has been dusting “Big Blue” regularly.
And on top of all that, when Danny was going through Big Blue, he found Virginia’s High School Sorority Charm from 1965 still in the car! Talk about a long shot!