Three of the eight Corvettes damaged earlier this year when they fell into a sinkhole that developed at the National Corvette Museum will be restored, according to Chevrolet, who plans to fund part of the project.
The one millionth Corvette produced, a 2009 Corvette ZR1 prototype known as the Blue Devil, and a white 1992 convertible will be restored by Chevrolet, along with a 1962 Corvette. The National Corvette Museum will oversee the restoration projects. General Motors plans to contribute nearly $250,000 in support to help the Museum recover from the sinkhole.
The five other Corvettes that were swallowed by the sinkhole will remain in their as-recovered state to preserve the historical significance. With the amount of damage done to the cars, GM executive vice president Mark Reuss believes complete restoration would be impractical because there is so little left to repair, and leaving the cars to be viewed as they are provides significant historical value.
Corvette enthusiasts around the globe agreed, saying that restoring the cars would negate the significance of what happened. The museum received an outpouring of messages, asking it to leave the damaged cars in their current condition. That’s exactly what will happen. The remaining Corvettes will eventually become a part of a future display at the museum.
On February 12, 2014 at 5:44 a.m., motion detectors went off in the Skydome area of the National Corvette Museum, sending security on-site to discover a 45 feet wide, 60 feet long, 30 feet deep sinkhole. That sinkhole swallowed eight historic Corvettes, six owned by the museum and two on loan from GM. Security camera footage of the Skydome area collapse has been viewed nearly 8.3 million times on YouTube.
Workers initially were unable to find all of the cars among the rubble, but on April 9, the final car was removed. All eight cars were placed in a special display, sparking a 60% jump in museum visitor traffic in the first four months after the sinkhole appeared.