The Brake Pedal is still in the middle on a Chevy right?
If you know your Monty Python movies well, then you might remember the most memorable quote of the Black Knight. As life would have it, a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the four-wheeled equivalent to the overconfident Black Knight.
The peeps over at Jalopnik report that the crashed Corvette you see in the photograph above has been smashed into the window of a Corvette dealership by an employee. More specifically, one of the dealer's salesmen. Are you curious how the hell did it happen?
The salesman "reportedly confused" the clutch and the brake pedals. Pardon me, but how can a guy that has been officially tutored by General Motors to know the seventh-generation Corvette inside and out can mess up this big? The absurdity of it all surpasses the surreal comedy of Monty Python. To make matters worse, the car was ordered for a customer.
And on that bombshell, the 2016 Corvette Z06 in the adjacent photograph carries a $95,380 sticker. What will happen to the silly salesman that smashed this beautiful machine in a North Carolina-based dealership? We're not sure and we're not interested about that. What we're interested in is if the Z-Oh-6 can be restored to original condition without smashing the piggy bank.
From the looks of it, the damage is purely cosmetic. Regarding functionality and mechanical soundness, this baby can start up and be driven from Point A to Point B, including the start/finish line of a racetrack. Still, elements such as the front bumper, headlights, hood, windshield, and probably the front fenders too have to be addressed. Our estimate: about $8,000. Tops. Paid by the silly employee or dealership, of course.
Is it normal for a man whose job consists of selling cars to possibly confuse the clutch with the brake? In an ideal petrolhead world, no. But in reality, there are plenty of sales people who don't know how to drive stick because, hey presto, their job is to sell the car, not drive it. Still, reality's reasoning beats the purpose of test drives with potential customers, defeating the purpose of car salesmen altogether. Funny world we live in...