It seems there’s now one less 1998 Chevrolet Corvette convertible fitted with the Z4Z Pace Car Package on the roads.
The driver of the rare convertible (Chevrolet produced just 1,163 Pace Cars out of a total run of 31,084 that year) had to be pulled from the flaming pace car replica after the vehicle was found near the Chippewa Township, PA, on-ramp on I-376 mid-day last weekend. To be frank, it was a scary situation, and amazing that the driver lived.
The car rolled over and caught fire, trapping the driver inside the cockpit. Luckily, two good samaritans were in the vicinity and quickly extricated the driver from the charred Chevrolet.
The same witness also told the news channel the Corvette driver passed her vehicle at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control and rolled into the ditch.
The victim travelled by ambulance to Beaver County airport, according to local news outlets, and was then moved to a medical helicopter. We’re also told the victim is in stable condition, which is lucky considering the alleged events that led to the crash.
Now known simply as the 1998 Corvette Pace Car, the rare C5 convertible option featured ‘Radar Blue’ paintwork (yes, it’s pretty much purple), yellow wheels, black-with-yellow interior treatment, a graphics package, and the stock 345 hp V8 powerplant.
It remains to be seen whether the flame-broiled Pace Car is fixable, it all depends on the extent of the fire and body damage. And, while we don’t condone reckless and excessive speeding, we’re happy to learn the driver appears to have made it out with the most important part: his life.