Chevy Will Restore Three Sinkhole Corvettes

You ever wonder if the ground beneath your feet is really all that stable? We’re sure this is a problem for people in the Bowling Green, KY area after what happened at the National Corvette Museum. As you are sure to remember, early in the morning on February 12, a 30-foot deep, 45-foot wide sinkhole opened beneath the museum’s Skydome showroom and took eight priceless Corvettes with it.

It has been about seven months since that small-scale natural disaster, time enough for both the museum and General Motors to come to terms with the scale of the damage and what they will do moving forward. Recently, GM and the museum announced that three of the eight sinkhole Corvettes would be restored, with the other five remaining in their damaged state and on display as part of the museum’s history.

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GM will take the lead on the 1992 1-millionth Corvette produced and the 2009 Corvette ZR1, known as the Blue Devil.  GM will also fund the restoration for the 1962 Corvette, but will allow the museum to oversee it.

“Our goal was to help the National Corvette Museum recover from a terrible natural disaster by restoring all eight cars,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, in a statement. “However, as the cars were recovered, it became clear that restoration would be impractical because so little was left to repair. And, frankly, there is some historical value in leaving those cars to be viewed as they are.”

The museum also recently decided to fill in the sinkhole. It was previously considering leaving at least part of it exposed for future visitors to see, but realized that it would not be a cost-effective course of action. Even though since the sinkhole opened, attendance at the museum has surged by 66 percent and revenue has grown by 71 percent. If you look close enough at the pictures you can just make out the silver lining of the sinkhole corvettes story.

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