After a reader tipped us to classic Corvette that is listed on the IAII.com insurance auction website, we started reviewing other Corvettes that unfortunately made the list as well. One of the gems we found is this customized 2012 Corvette that suffered front-end damage to a collision.
Calling this 2012 Corvette “a gem” may be a stretch, and I am certainly no fan of the customization this car has gone through. But at one point, this Corvette meant a lot to the previous owner. And while the C7 Corvette was designed under the auspicious slogan of “Every Line Matters”, in the case of this 2012 Corvette, the previous owner saw “every line” as something that could use some custom trim attached.
We are reminded of the infamous Dragon Vette that amused auto blogs over the last 10 years with its ever-changing hand-painted exterior, but this is where this Torch Red Corvette diverges from that standard. Like the Dragon Vette, this 2012 Corvette has all manner of sticky upgrades that could be found at your local Auto Zone. Seriously, placing hood tie-down pins in the front corners of the Corvette’s front-tilt hood serves no actual purpose.
Yet, it’s obvious that this Corvette was very well cared for. Once you get inside, the only customization appears to be aftermarket seat covers. The Corvette has a low 9,280 miles on the odometer and the engine compartment showing off the LS3 is very clean as well.
The damage doesn’t look all the great from the photos, so we are left wondering if car’s advanced owner-customization could have led to further declines in value. Although it’s classified as “still waiting for sale”, this 2012 Corvette will be offered for auction at some point with the sale happening at IAII’s Tidewater, Virgina location.