We are happy to report, in an effort to help ease the pain from Corvette and car aficionados the world over, Chevrolet has agreed to oversee the restoration of the historic Corvettes that were lost to the massive sinkhole that swallowed 8.
Unfortunately, earlier this week, we reported that shortly before 6am on February 12, 2014, a massive 40-foot sinkhole opened up underneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Skydome area, which housed some of the most iconic and historic Corvettes suffered massive structural damage as the floor disappeared, taking a handful of rare vehicles with it.
A total of 8 Corvettes, including a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil,” a black 1962 model, 1984 PPG Pace Car, white 1992 1 Millionth Corvette, 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary, 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06, and a 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette.
According to Mark Reuss, executive vice president of General Motors, “The vehicles at the National Corvette Museum are some of the most significant in automotive history. There can only be one 1-millionth Corvette ever built. We want to ensure as many of the damaged cars are restored as possible so fans from around the world can enjoy them when the Museum reopens.”
The Corvettes will be recovered from the hole and shipped to the Mechanical Assembly facility in Warren, Michigan. There, a small shop within GM Design will be tackling the repairs.
Our hats are off to the crew from GM for taking on this project. As car enthusiasts, we applaud GM’s efforts for seeing the value in these vehicles.
If you weren’t aware, the National Corvette Museum is independently owned and operated, and supported solely by charitable donations from enthusiasts just like you. Currently, the museum is accepting donations (tax-deductible) on its website to further assist in repairing the facility.
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