It is official! You twisted maniacs that read BangShift really dig the “Copart Cadavers” series and that means I will continue to comb the depths of the massive Copart website for the burned, twisted, smashed, and otherwise ruined remains of interesting cars, trucks, and whatever else I can see. Today’s theme is Corvettes. I have been thinking a lot about Corvettes after my recent experience with a C7. Each year and generation of Corvette since 1953 has told the story of the times and the culture that it was built in and that continues today. From the 1953 model that was desperately trying to get a piece of the exploding sports car scene in the country, to the big block models of the middle and late 1960s that were built to really showcase the brutal power of the engines that Chevrolet was producing at the time. Through the 1970s there were odd colors, less power, and looks that kept the cars popular. The 1980s came and there was a pretty amazing transition from the curvy C3 generation and the 1980s squarish design that carried through to the 1980s and the ground breaking C5 that really took the car in the direction that is has been moving today. The C6 was hailed as a tour de force on all levels and the C7 has garnered praise from virtually all comers. People like to mock the Corvette crowd as a bunch of gold chain wearing drivers who idle their cars to cruise nights and golf courses, but there has always been a TON of engineering in every Corvette to roll off the line. If the end user decides not to employ it? Their loss.
This is a collection of Corvettes that have seen fire, massive impact, and who knows whatever other types of violence that have them in this rogues gallery of destruction. As we always say, we have no idea what happened to the people involved but we sure hope that they were OK. We’ve avoided the cars with biohazard stickers on them for obvious reasons. Egads!
THE MOST COOKED 1986 CORVETTE THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN –
Judging by the banana like curve of the rear frame rails, this Corvette met its end in a violent wreck, tail first. Either that or the fire was so hot, the rails have deformed from the heat but since the center section is there and the half shafts are gone, we are thinking that this was big time stuff. The blaze must have looked like something out of a 1980s action movie with a volcanic level of fire consuming the whole car and getting hot enough to melt the valve covers completely off the TPI 350 that powered the thing. We’ve seen lots of burned up cars, but this one is top 10…and believe it or not, we have one even worse down the page.
A Smashed And Bashed 2003 C5 Z06
The C5 Corvette platform was produced from 1997-2004. In 2001 the Z06 was released with its LS6 engine and it presented a level of turn key performance that had never been seen out of a domestic car. It blew the doors off of the previous hot shot ZR1 Corvettes and was immediately recognized as a modern performance masterpiece. As things go in the Corvette world, those cars can now be had for a literal song, but we’re not talking about runners on eBay. In this case it is a 2003 Z06 that is smashed at both ends, indicating that it may have been rear ended into oblivion or perhaps it as smashed up front and then rotated into another hard object? Either way, here’s an LS6 that’ll go for cheap!
This C7 Stingray made it less than 5,000 miles before meeting a violent roll over death –
In my recent review of the C7 Stingray, I made mention that the car imparts the feeling to the driver like it’ll save ’em in virtually all circumstances. This car proves that physics will ultimately win over all in the end. This car has less than 4,900 miles on the odometer and it took one hell of a ride. The car’s nose is smashed and it was clearly rolled at least once. The 6.2L LT1 engine is still present and accounted for as is the transaxle and stuff. No bids yet!
1960 Fuelie Corvette burned to a crispy critter – tough stuff
I was sad to see this old Corvette in such rough shape. It looks like it was someone’s pride and joy and to see it all melted and burned means that there was some serious heartache after the dust settled. Making matters even worse, this was a Rochester mechanically fuel injected model. We’re not sure if it was an original fuelie Vette but if it was, this thing is worth some big money. We say is, because the car is completely restorable in our eyes. The interior is gonzo but the rest of the thing is at least intact. What do you think?
This 1975 Corvette hit something really, really hard
We know that 1975 Corvettes aren’t exactly desirable equipment, but we’re showing you this one because it gives you an idea of how far technology has come when it comes to living through a car crash. When you see the other cars here that are more modern and then you look at this Corvette, you can see that crash technology has certainly come a long way in 40 years. This thing is folded like origami.
This 2010 Callaway self disassembled
Callaway Corvettes are pretty awesome and rare beasts. This 2010 model didn’t even have five digits worth of miles on it before meeting a violent end face first. The whole front of the car is in the yard sale position around the wrack here. The engine, a 7.0L, 427ci LS7 V8 looks intact and you can even have the carbon fiber Callaway coil covers thrown in. We have no idea what this one will sell for but there are some desirable parts and piece left after what was a tremendous impact.
This 1995 C4 Corvette lived a decently long life before being mercilessly killed –
By the time the C4 was getting ready to give way to the C5 the cars were pretty cool and the designs had been tightened up to the point that they really did not have a hair out of place. When you look at a later 1990s C4 next to its brothers from the 1980s, the clarity of the design is stark. This one went 90,000 miles before suffering some sort of big time offset impact on the driver’s side. The LT1 engine is clean as a whistle and the lack of brake dust and other stuff on this car seems to indicate a ride that was really cared for. It definitely went out with its boots on.
This 2003 Corvette evaporated….or it drove through the world’s biggest plasma torch –
We told you that there was at least one more cooked Corvette and there is (one more!). Here’s a 2003, or what’s left of a 2003 model that has been completely and utterly destroyed by fire. Plastic intake manifold is gone, body is gone, virtually everything other than the block and heads and a wheel or two is junk. This was one HELL of a fire.
We end with the charred remains of a 1995 c4 Corvette –
There’s a part of me that wonders why some of this stuff even gets listed. Would someone actually pay for this crisped 1995 Corvette? The LT1 is likely completely junked, the frame has been cooked to a nice char, and other than the smell, there’s nothing strong about this car. There’s certainly scrap value involved here but even that wouldn’t be super high, would it? Some of you out there are super savvy in the junkyard business, so fill us in. Why would someone buy this?