The salesman could only watch in disbelief.
Some things need to be seen to be believed. This is one of them. Now, we all know the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible are in extremely high demand. Many customers have been waiting months for delivery. Those who aren't on the list are often willing to pay thousands over stick price even for less equipped models. It's a classic case of low supply, high demand.
General Motors is doing its utmost to keep the assembly line up running; the Bowling Green, Kentucky production plant is one of just four GM factories unaffected by the latest semiconductor chip-related shutdown. And now we can all witness one guy's level of C8 ownership desperation.
The C8 Corvette Owners (And Friends) Facebook page has published a video showing a Corvette thief in action. The crime didn't happen under the cover of darkness but rather in broad daylight. At the Chevy dealership. With the salesman standing right there. In fact, the entire staff witnessed the whole thing and, fortunately for our cheap entertainment, someone filmed it.
The dealer is located in Virginia and the short video speaks for itself. The sales guy quickly realized what was about to happen but it was already too late. The thief, who until moments before was a potential buyer, was already in the driver's seat.
The engine was turned and there was gas in the tank. Stupid? Yes? Gutsy? Totally. Fortunately, he didn't get very far; he only made it one block away from the dealer. The post doesn't say how or why the thief gave up, but we're guessing it was because the police responded quickly. Someone at the dealer can clearly be overheard suggesting someone call the cops.
There's also no word on the car's condition but chances are it's just fine. It has a few more miles on its odometer but that's about it. The failed car thief is probably looking for a lawyer right about now.