Wrecked Vette Wednesday: Half a C5 is Better Than None?
While the fact that C5 Corvettes are quite affordable means that they are accessible to more people (like us – take Project Y2k for instance…) it also means that they’re more likely to be abused, neglected, or just plain crashed. A case in point is the car seen in our video, a nice Nassau Blue coupe, one of only 587 made that year according to the Corvette Black Book.
The video opens with a tight shot on the running LS1 between the fenders, then pulls back to show the passenger side of the car, which looks ok… That is, until we get a glimpse of the missing back glass and slightly-askew hatch. Then, the camera pans around the front, and we see the damage. While the title of the video says “clean title” it’s hard to believe this wasn’t totaled out by the insurance company.
Massive damage to the left side and rear of this poor Vette makes it likely that there’s nothing left saving here except for the miraculously still-functional engine and perhaps some of the interior, presuming that it wasn’t stained by suddenly-released bodily fluids during the crash.
Yes, C5 Corvettes are a bargain, but the fact that they’re in the same price range as new economy cars that can’t get out of their own way means that some of them will end up in the hands of people who really shouldn’t be driving them. At least in this case we can hope that the Corvette’s still-beating LS1 heart can find a happy new home in someone’s project car.