National Corvette Museum Looks for a Few Good Vettes

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The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky is looking for a few good Corvettes.

The museum is putting the call out for rare color Corvettes of various model years so it can change up its display. Many of the cars on display are on loan and the museum rotates models in and out, so visitors have something new to see.

Right now, the museum is looking for:

  • Rare Color Corvettes: Corvettes that are rare or limited production, original colors. Examples include a 1957-59 Inca Silver, 1960 Cascade Green, 1977 Corvette Chartreuse, 1990 Competition Yellow, 1994 Copper Metallic, 1996 Dark Purple Metallic, 2000-2001 Bowling Green, Aztec Gold, 1998 Navy Blue Metallic, etc.

  • Mobil Gas Station Display: Dated 1954-1961.

You can find info about displaying your car online. If you have a car that fits the criteria (for one, you have to be a museum member), fill out this online form and attach a photo for consideration. Most cars stay on display for a year.

The National Corvette Museum became a sensation in early 2014 when a huge sinkhole suddenly opened up early one morning and swallowed eight classic Corvettes on display. The museum was closed at the time so no one was hurt.

The eight cars are back on display. Two of the most valuable –  the 1992 “1 Millionth” Corvette and 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” – were restored by General Motors. A 1962 Black Corvette was repaired in the Museum’s new Maintenance and Preservation Department.

After more than four months and 1,200 man-hours of painstaking craftsmanship, restoration of the milestone 1 millionth Corvette Ð a white 1992 convertible Ð is complete and the car is unveiled Thursday, September 3, 2015 back at its home at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where it returns to the permanent exhibit. Executive Director Global Chevrolet Design John Cafaro (left) and General Motors Global Design Fabrication Operations Director David Bolognino unveil the vehicle. The car was damaged on February 12, 2014, when it and seven other rare Corvettes tumbled into a sinkhole that opened beneath the museum Skydome area.

After more than four months and 1,200 man-hours of painstaking craftsmanship, the restored 1 millionth white 1992 convertible was revealed Thursday, September 3, 2015 and is now back on display at the National Corvette Museum.

Museum attendance shot up after the incident.

“Probably two days after the sinkhole happened, after we realized it could be fixed and once we saw more and more visitors starting to trickle in from the interstate, we shifted our attitude. We embraced the situation,” said Katie Frassinelli, museum marketing director. “Honestly, it paid off big for us. Our attendance had leveled out around 150,000 in 2013, but in 2014 it skyrocketed to our highest number ever – over 250,000 visitors. Even last year we had 220,000 visitors, which if you remove our Corvette caravan event attendance from 2014 (a once-every-five-years blowout event), then 2015 was actually higher.”

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Workers use a crane to recover the first Chevrolet Corvette, the 2009 Corvette ZR-1 “Blue Devil,” from the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum on Monday, March 3, 2014 . (Photo by Bob Bubnis/National Corvette Museum for Chevrolet)

Earlier this year, the museum opened a Corvette Cave exhibit to tell the story of the sinkhole event.

Related Video: 1 millionth Corvette Restoration

Photo Credit:  Chevrolet
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