Only three Chevrolet Corvettes that fell into sinkhole will be restored

Article by Christian A., on September 2, 2014

Three of eight Chevrolet Corvettes that fell into a giant sinkhole inside the National Corvette Museum will soon find themselves looking new once again. This comes as Chevrolet announced that it will restore two of the Corvettes -- 2009 Corvette ZR1 prototype (the Blue Devil), and the one-millionth Corvette (1992 convertible) and will finance the restoration of a 1962 Corvette.

The museum will oversee the restoration of the third Corvette. General Motors said in a statement that it will allocate almost $250,000 to help the museum recover from the sinkhole. GM and museum officials said that a restoration shop that will make the repairs has yet to be selected.

They will set and announce a timeline to commence and complete the restoration of the three Corvettes at a later date. According to GM and museum officials, the five other Corvettes that also fell into the sinkhole will remain in their “as-recovered state” to preserve the historical significance of the cars and event.

The five will be a part of a future display at the museum.“ Mark Reuss, executive vice president for global product development at GM, remarked that the carmaker’s goal was to restore all eight cars, but the efforts to restore the five other cars would be impractical because “so little was left to repair.“

Wendell Strode, executive director for the museum, remarked Corvette fans have pressed officials not to restore all of the cars, saying that the damage to the cars is part of their history, and “part narrative” of the National Corvette Museum.

He said that restoring the five other Corvettes would “negate the significance of what happened.” The museum's board of directors has moved to fill in the entire hole that measures about 45 feet wide, 60 feet long and up to 30 feet deep.

Instead of discouraging visitors, the sinkhole even led to higher museum attendance, revenue and merchandise sales.

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