Chevrolet to restore three of the Corvettes that fell victim to museum sinkhole

Chevrolet announced Saturday that three of the eight models that fell into the Corvette Museum sinkhole in Bowling Green, Kentucky will be restored. The other five Corvettes will be preserved in their current state in order to immortalize the event that occurred last February.

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Published on 2014/09/01

The American automaker indicated that the one millionth Corvette, a white convertible model built in 1992, will be restored, along with the 2009 prototype of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, dubbed Blue Devil. A 1962 Corvette will be the third model to be restored, but Chevrolet has not indicated which shop would be responsible for the restoration.

The National Corvette Museum celebrated its 20th anniversary this weekend. Last June, museum officials indicated that the sinkhole would be preserved as a special exhibition. The other five Corvette models that will not be restored will be part of this exhibition.

These five models "have historical value," according to Mark Reuss, vice president of product development at General Motors. He also indicated that some models were so damaged that it was impossible to restore them.

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On February 12th 2014, a sinkhole measuring 60 feet long and 30 feet deep opened just before 6:00 am. It took nearly three weeks before the first model, the ZR1 prototype, was removed from the pit.

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