MINOR HILL, Tenn. – Investigators are looking into a unique theft in middle Tennessee, after a classic car collector reported someone swiped the engine out of one of the cars in his yard.
Jay Brownlow has restored classic muscle cars in Giles County for years. He says this weekend, he returned to his 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass to discover someone had stolen the entire engine out of the car.
He says whoever stole the engine likely had a lot of time, maybe extra manpower, and very specific knowledge of what they were doing.
While Brownlow usually sells his restored cars for upwards of $60,000, he says a missing original engine would cause the selling price for the car to plummet.
“The parts on this car are irreplaceable,” Brownlow said. “Finding the original parts that were on this car again is literally like finding a needle in a haystack.”
Jay says he's been in contact with the Giles County Sheriff's Department to perhaps offer a reward for information that gets his classic car engine returned.