GM To Restore Sinkhole Corvette

Officials at General Motors recently announced that it will take about six months to restore the 1-millionth Chevrolet Corvette that was damaged when it fell into a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. in February 2014. Last August the automaker announced that it would restore three of the Corvettes that were damaged, the 2009 Corvette ZR1 prototype, known as the Blue Devil, and the 1-millionth Corvette produced - a white 1992 convertible and the 1962 Corvette.

The five other Corvettes swallowed by the 45 feet wide, 60 feet long and up to 30 feet deep-sinkhole will remain in their as-recovered state to preserve the historical significance of the cars. They will become part of a future display at the museum.

The sinkhole swallowed eight historic Corvettes - two on loan from GM and six owned by the museum:

1993 ZR-1 Spyder (on loan)
2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” prototype (on loan)
1962 Corvette
1984 PPG Pace Car
1992 1-millionth Corvette
1993 40th Anniversary Corvette
2001 “Mallett Hammer” Z06
2009 1.5-millionth Corvette.

It was reported that David Bolognino, director of GM Design Fabrication operations in Warren, said restoration could take six months, or “however long it takes to make sure it’s done right.”

About 25 employees are expected to help with the efforts - which includes a trim shop, body shop, paint shop, metal shop and mold shop - will be involved in the work, plus others from inside GM and outside the company. Bolognino said GM intends to make and repair parts to “preserve as much authenticity as possible.”

“The car was insured and damage was assessed at about $30,000; that money was given to the museum, Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran said. GM will cover the cost of restoring the car, Doran said.

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