It should go without saying that one should always give a vintage car a thorough inspection before taking it out of storage for a drive. Looking at the brakes and brake lines can be particularly important, as these components are crucial to safety, obviously, and can easily deteriorate if the vehicle has been sitting stationary. Unfortunately, one C2 Chevy Corvette owner had to learn this important lesson the hard way when he took his car out of storage earlier this year.
A home video shows the Chevy Corvette owner in question pulling into his downhill driveway in his ’66 convertible at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle descends the driveway, it becomes clear the vehicle has no brakes, giving the driver the option between barrelling through his fence and into the lake behind his house or purposefully crashing into the side of his home to slow the vehicle down. He chooses the house, which was likely the right decision, but the outcome is still quite tragic.
“First time pulling my 1966 ‘Vette out of the basement garage in six months,” the owner says in the description for the video. “I backed up my steep driveway showing off for my daughter’s boyfriend. I spun the tires going down to my upstairs garage. When I tried to brake, the pedal went to the floor. I pulled the emergency brake. Nothing. I had three options. Hit the cars parked on the left side of my driveway, run through my fence and most likely into our lake, or run into my house. I chose the house.”
This impact was relatively low speed, but the damage to the car is significant. The entire front right quarter panel is destroyed, while the front right bumper and pop-up headlight are also heavily damaged. This would be a fairly easy repair job for any restorations shop, but it certainly won’t be cheap.
Check out this unfortunate C2 Chevy Corvette crash in the video embedded below.