Bill Hemenez spent spent more than $40,000 to restore a classic 1964 Chevy Malibu that he’d purchased from a collector more than 12 years ago.
He was quite proud of his restored Malibu, driving it to many classic car shows across his home state of California. Then one day, he got a call from police at his San Leandro home.
The call from police occurred in April last year, but at the time the identity of the man who lost his prized car was not released. However Hemenez has now come forward, telling his story to Yahoo Autos.
He remembers being totally shocked, wondering how this could have happened to him. Hemenez also had no idea who Tarantino was and had never seen the movie “Pulp Fiction.”
“After learning of the car’s history, I had one of my guys go get the video so we could watch it,” Hemenez says. “I then remembered seeing a commercial with John Travolta dancing on the stage. I couldn’t believe it.”
Investigators said that the ’64 Chevy was originally stolen back in 1994, shortly after the film’s debut. Police say the thieves then switched the car’s VIN with another ’64 Malibu, and sold it to an unsuspecting buyer.
Police stumbled upon the vehicle while investigating a separate crime involving a trashed shell of a ’64 Malibu. After running its VIN, it was registered to Hemenez, which is when the police called and asked him when he’d last seen his car.
You might expect Hemenez was due compensation after the incident, but Hagerty auto insurance refused, stating that it doesn’t insure stolen cars – despite its criminal past being unknown during that time.
Tarantino has never contacted Hemenez. Considering how well he treated the car Hemenez feels unjust that he hasn’t even gotten a call from Tarantino’s people.
See the video:
This article is re-published from Trenderfly.com.