Pierce County couple offering reward for return of classic car

GRAHAM, Wash. -- A Pierce County couple is offering a $1,000 reward for the return of their muscle car after it was stolen from their property last weekend.

"We've been on hundreds of drives together. I can't remember a time that we drove in that car that he didn't hold my hand and thank me for the car," said Kimberly Gibson, who bought the 1970 Barracuda as a gift for her husband after years of saving.

The car was stolen Saturday from the couple's property near Graham. Someone broke into the couple's home and stole from their renter, then likely loaded the car on a trailer.

"I think it's frustrating, too, because we've always tried to teach our kids that you don't deserve anything - you earn it. You work for it and then you get to buy it," Kimberly Gibson said.

The Gibsons said the muscle car is part of their family and they've also shared the joy with friends - one couple even used it as a getaway car on their wedding day.

"We got a lot of honks, a lot of looks. And that was a real blessing for them. They really enjoyed that," said Brian Gibson.

Gibson, who is a teacher in the Puyallup School District, said he has made friends over the years while driving around town in the car.

"Students of mine, former students, they knew when Mr. Gibson was on the road in my 'Cuda and they'd track me down and wave at me," he said. "I met a lot of people. Hundreds of people - nice great, car people - that just want to talk about their cars."

Gibson spent eight years restoring his dream car, but now he's only left with memories and family photos.

"We miss it a lot. It's very emotional," said Brian Gibson. "It's not just a piece of metal to us. A lot of time and effort and blood sweat and tears went into this."

If you have any information about the whereabouts of the car, call the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.