A Glen Ellyn man's inheritance of a mint-condition 1967 Chevy Corvette, and his difficult decision about what to do with it, is the focus of an episode of the Fox Business Network's "Strange Inheritance" debuting at 8 p.m. Monday.
The show, which explores the stories of interesting and unusual items passed on through wills, traveled to the suburbs to meet with Matt Litavsky, who in 1993 inherited the Corvette from stepfather Keith Litavsky.
After being drafted to serve in Vietnam, Keith Litavsky sent his combat pay home with a specific goal in mind: purchasing a new Corvette. Thoughts of the car helped get him through the way, Matt Litavsky told the show.
When he returned home in the winter of 1976, with shrapnel in his leg and two Purple Hearts, the car of his dreams was waiting for him. A few months later, he fell in love and later married Crystal Kirian, who's divorced with five kids. Among them is young Matt, who grows up with fond memories of Keith taking him and his siblings for rides in the Corvette.
Keith Litavsky died in 1993, after a lengthy battle with cancer, and left the Corvette with just 8,500 miles on it to Matt.
Now in his 50s and with a family of his own, Matt Litavsky begins to wonder what might happen to the Corvette if something were to happen to him. He recalls the tension among his siblings when the car was left to him alone and decides rather than risk his children fighting over the classic sports car, it was time for him to sell.
"It was the most difficult thing I've had to do in my life," he told the show's host.
For a video preview of the episode, visit video.foxbusiness.com/v/5718764896001/.