March 19, 2014 By C! Magazine Staff

Fifth Corvette Recovered From Sinkhole

The National Corvette Museum has recovered the fifth Chevrolet Corvette that was swallowed into the 40-foot sinkhole that developed inside the museum’s Skydome about a month ago.

 

 

The National Corvette Museum has recovered the fifth Chevrolet Corvette that was swallowed into the 40-foot sinkhole that developed inside the museum’s Skydome about a month ago.

The fifth of the eight damaged Vettes is a 1984 model that was modified into a pace car for the PPG/CART IndyCar World Series. Unlike the first two sports cars that emerged from the pit, the pace car sustained heavy damage and it looks like the folks over at Chevrolet will have to put in a lot of work to get it back into concours shape.

By now, the National Corvette Museum also recovered the 2009 “Blue Devil” ZR1 (on loan from GM), the 1993 40th Anniversary ‘Vette, the 1962 black roadster and the One Millionth Corvette. Three more vehicles are still in the hole, including the 1993 ZR-1 Spyder (on loan from GM), the 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 and the 2009 1.5 Millionth Corvette.

The damaged cars will be displayed from April through July in the museum, before being shipped to General Motors Design’s Mechanical Assembly specialty shop for repairs. “We appreciate all of the support and interest from Corvette and auto enthusiasts around the world,” said Wendell Strode, Museum Executive Director. “We still have a long road ahead, lots of repairs to make but we are confident we will come out better than ever.”

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