Apart from sand, it’s hard to imagine a worse substance making its way into your engine than water. We’ve all seen photos of water damaged vehicles after a flood or a hurricane and although they may appear to be in decent shape, the reality is cars are usually write-offs after being exposed to standing water. This is why the Massachusetts man who borrowed his friend’s 1971 Corvette Stingray and drove it into a marsh is getting the GM Authority nomination for worst friend of the year.
WCVB Boston reports Philip Aleo, 56, crashed the ‘Vette into the marsh on Sunday morning. When police arrived, he was standing on top of the trunk to avoid getting soaked by the mucky marsh water. A firetruck rescued Eleo from the top of the car and a tow truck was used to pull the poor C3 out of the water.
The Corvette was valued at about $20,000 and although the body damage is most likely minimal, the water damage to the mechanical parts of the car won’t be cheap to fix. Hopefully the owner can get it back on the road before the end of the summer, or maybe he can get his good buddy Phil to buy him a new one.