One of the prices you have to pay for driving an old and less technologically advanced sports car like a C3 Corvette is fewer safety devices like airbags and ABS brakes.
We try not to think about such problems when we’re enjoying a car like this orange mid-70s coupe, but it’s hard not to cringe a little bit when you watch a video like this one and think about “what if?”
It takes just a few seconds for the whole accident to start and finish.
We don’t know any of the details behind the crash, but we can infer from the video taken by the rear camera of another vehicle with a backward view of the scene, that the Corvette driver may have goosed it a little too much, lost control, crossed the center line, and smashed the driver’s front side of a passing blue Nissan sedan, causing it then to graze an SUV driving past in the outside lane.
Slowing down the video and going frame by frame full-screen, we can see a big fella behind the wheel of the Corvette, appearing to take a pretty good lick on the steering wheel with the side of his body as he turns away toward the passenger side but thankfully remaining inside the vehicle as the car quickly comes to a stop. The left front end of the ‘Vette appears to have taken the brunt of the impact, with the fender and hood flying up as the Chevy reverses direction after impact with the Nissan and winds up facing the opposite direction on the narrow median.
While we hate to see a classic Corvette suffer like this, at least it appears to have been a glancing blow and not a full head-on collision.
Let’s hope all parties made it through this crash without serious injury.
Makes you grateful for the numerous safety advancements of the later generations of the Corvette, like the upcoming C8, doesn’t it?
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