You may remember waking up very early in the morning on February 12 with a sinking feeling. That’s because eight valuable Corvettes were sinking into the ground at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky after an immense sinkhole opened up under the museum’s Skydome showroom.
Now, seven months later, the damage has been evaluated and three of the eight sinkhole Corvettes are set for restoration. Chevrolet will restore the 2009 ZR1 prototype, also called the Blue Devil, and the white 1992 1-millionth Corvette. The Museum will oversee the restoration of the 1962 Corvette.
“Our goal was to help the NationalCorvetteMuseum 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.”
After being extracted from the gaping hole, the remaining five Corvettes were deemed beyond repair. However, they will become part of a new permanent display at the museum so future visitors can learn about the sinkhole and see a part of Corvette history.
As for the sinkhole itself, it will be filled in. The museum considered leaving at least part of it open, but learned that it would be cost prohibitive.
If you want to see the sinkhole for yourself, you’d better plan a trip to Kentucky, as the work to fill the hole will begin soon.