The 1 millionth Corvette damaged more than year ago when a sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky should be back in tip-top shape by September. That’s the word from technicians at the General Motors Design Center who are now restoring the historic 1992 convertible.
The restoration crew is part of GM’s Mechanical Assembly group at the Design Center, which typically spends its time building prototype and concept vehicles. The white 1992 Corvette is a challenge because rather than build an all-new vehicle from the ground up, the workers are trying to preserve the original appearance of a production vehicle.
It is the second of three sinkhole-damaged Corvettes that Chevrolet plans to restore. The first, a 2009 Corvette ZR1 prototype known as the Blue Devil, was only lightly damaged and was returned to its original condition last fall. The National Corvette Museum will oversee the restoration of the third car, a 1962 Corvette.
Five other Corvettes swallowed by the sinkhole will remain in their as-recovered state to preserve the historical significance of the cars. They will become part of a future sinkhole-themed display at the museum.
In case you haven’t heard the full story, a giant sinkhole opened up at the museum early in the morning on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. A burglar alarm went off and when Corvette Museum personnel arrived at the Skydome, they found a giant sinkhole measuring about 45-by-60 feet wide and 30-foot deep.
Security camera footage showing the Skydome floor’s collapse has racked up more than 8.5 million views on YouTube.
Eight historic Corvettes – two on loan from GM and six owned by the museum – ended up in the hole in the ground that day:
- 1993 ZR-1 Spyder (on loan)
- 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” prototype (on loan)
- 1962 Corvette
- 1984 PPG Pace Car
- 1992 1 millionth Corvette
- 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette
- 2001 “Mallett Hammer” Z06
- 2009 1.5 millionth Corvette
On March 3, 2014, the 2009 Blue Devil was the first car recovered and despite significant damage was started and driven out of the Skydome. The 1.5 millionth Corvette and Mallet Corvette were the last cars pulled from the sinkhole, on April 3 and April 9.
To see pictures from that day head to the National Corvette Museum’s website. Meanwhile, a new sinkhole/cave exhibit is anticipated to officially open Labor Day weekend, 2015 as part of the Museum’s 21st Anniversary Celebration.