Three of the eight Corvettes that fell last month on a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., have been lifted out by a crane from the chasm. The models were the 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil -- on loan from General Motors -- a 1962 Corvette and the 1993 Ruby Red 40th anniversary edition.
The Blue Devil seemed to have only suffered minor damage during its nearly 30-foot fall and was driven about 20 feet to the museum's doorway, according to museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli.
Video of the retrieval operations showed that the Ruby Red 40th anniversary edition has broken windows and severe damage to its front and rear. A black 1962 model was also extracted, although the operation was much "trickier" since a five-ton slab of concrete rested on the front of the vehicle, the museum said, adding that two cranes were employed to simultaneously lift the car and the concrete.
Other Corvettes to be retrieved are a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder, the other car on loan from GM; a 1984 PPG pace car; the 1-millionth Vette, built in 1992; a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06; and the 2009 1.5-millionth Corvette. Frassinelli said that recovery operations are expected to be completed by August 3, 2014. The National Corvette Museum plans to display each model after it is recovered until all eight are taken together to a small shop within GM Design for restoration.