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GM's 2020 Corvette test car had wheels before it was parked on a Detroit street


January 23, 2020, 10:13 PM

Featured_stripped_corvette_stingray__735_40097This bad boy, not yet at dealerships, starts at $60,000 -- with wheels. (Photo: Alyssa Goch)

The "what do you expect" Detroit-bashing reflexes kick in soon after Car and Driver shows this partly stripped Corvette C8 Stingray at an east-side curb.

The vandalized vehicle on Parker Street at Coe Avenue was company-owned and signed out by a Chevrolet employee for test-driving, a GM representative tells the Free Press.

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(Photo: Chevrolet)

 

Car and Driver senior editor Joey Capparella posts with an amused tone about the street crime about four miles from GM headquarters at Renaissance Center: 

Looking for a set of Corvette C8 wheels and tires at a steep discount? Check Craigslist in Detroit, because we can verify that there's a set missing from this black 2020 Chevy Corvette C8 that someone spotted on the street in the West Village. . . .

Oh, and if you're thinking of buying a Corvette C8 yourself, let this be a lesson to opt for the wheel locks that cost $90 from Chevrolet. You can even get black-painted wheel locks for an extra $30 on top of that. Trust us, it's worth it.

The auto magazine journalist estimates that the missing tires "cost around $1,000 alone, and the wheels are likely worth thousands more."

A blame-the-victim comment on the theft is tweeted by Nat Zorach, a 32-year-old Detroiter who's a real estate development consultant. "Thoughts and prayers for a car that someone parked on the street worth a few times more than the median income of the city they parked in," he posts.

Here's his reply when questioned:

Production of C8 consumer models starts next month.

Here's a half-minute local news segment:


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