• Oct 18, 2010
A Corvette goes for a swim in San Diego – Click above to watch video after the jump

How does a Corvette convertible – one rented from Hertz no less – end up in the salty brine at Pacific Beach in San Diego? The kindness of buzzed strangers, apparently. According to NBC San Diego, a visiting couple met a man in a bar, and after hearing that he had never driven a Corvette before, they offered him some seat time.

With the new acquaintance behind the wheel and the couple in the passenger seat, witnesses say the driver did a couple of donuts in the sand and then zoomed straight into the surf. Not known for its off-road traction, the Corvette got stuck, upon which the driver got out and ran. The couple was held and released, while the Corvette...well, we're sure Hertz is working on that right now. Follow the jump for some witness video of the aftermath.

[Source: NBC San Diego, YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually it probably still runs better than a fleet Stratus.... :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, San Diego in the wacky driving news twice today. First Jr. Seau drives his Escalade off a cliff up in Oceanside and now some drunks trying to surf in a Corvette!
      What's next?
        • 4 Years Ago
        What's it say about GM drivers ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      So does this mean it will run as good as a Dodge Stratus now?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did they have NeverLost, maybe they can blame it next?
      • 4 Years Ago
      it will probably rot away now, being a fiber car and salt water
      • 4 Years Ago
      i really hoped they paid up and got the rental insurance
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it was a Toyota Helix, there wouldn't be a problem!
      • 4 Years Ago
      One word describes the car: Totaled.

      If it was a lake, it would still be totaled, but at least some parts could be salvaged. With the salt water and sand, that thing is TOAST.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh, unquestionably.

        Water up to the axles or over the sills = automatically totaled by any halfway competent insurance adjuster.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well... at least this is better than that Veyron owner who drove it straight into the ditch, texting-driving. The footage was so badass that I still remember it frame by frame.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So, er, Jeremy Clarkson, given that you've left cars in the ocean in the past, where were you when all this went down?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I used to travel all over the country for my job before I retired. We used to have a saying in the office, "Nothing outperforms a rental car. Nothing". What we did to cars became a game. Bumper cars at 80mph on freeways, runs into the dunes at Bakersfield, jumping curbs, donuts until the smoke was so bad you couldn't see, pulling the e-brake at speed, and more. LOTS more. I wouldn't buy a used rental car for any price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Flooded car, especially in salt water, is a total loss. Damn shame, it was a nice car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Was that wrong? Should I not have done that?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know exactly the line your quoting. Hilarious.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No shame in stealing from the best.
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