This is the one contest that nobody wants to win, but accidents do happen. In this case, the automotive gods have claimed what may be the first C8 Corvette hardtop convertible to be totaled in a crash.
Tim Shifflet was driving his Rapid Blue Stingray Convertible in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday when he was rear-ended while taking an exit off the highway by a “big white company van.”
He tells the story on the C8 Corvette Facebook Group:
Clear it up for you… Yes we were hit in the rear exiting 270 to 315 Saturday am. Order in August 2019, delivered September 25, 2020, died Saturday 11/14/2020. Services for family and close friends TBA. 1200 miles total.
Like previous C8 Corvette owners who have also been involved in a crash, Tim gives a shoutout to GM about the safety aspects of the car, saying “FYI, for what’s it worth.. slid across 2 lanes into the guard rail, no airbags deployed, no glass broken, [car’s] body exploded but the wife and I walked away without a scratch. Thanks GM for building it right!”
The photos of the Rapid Blue Corvette show how the rear end took the hit on the left corner. The rear fascia is completely destroyed while the rear deck has been pushed up and forward into the cabin, and no telling the mechanical damage under the engine cover. There is also damage to the front as the car bounced off the guard rail.
Now that he has dealt with the realities of the accident, Tim called his dealership and unfortunately the news didn’t get any better. “Talked to my dealer and was told probably on the 2022 list now!!!☹️”
We are predicting that the 2021 models will be in demand as much as the 2020s and so the dealer is correct in bracing Tim for the bad news that he’s probably looking at a 2022 model instead. The good news there is that is when the C8 Z06 is expected to arrive, so there may be a silver lining after all.
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