• 04-MAR-2014

  • SOURCE: General Motors - Global

Historic Vehicles Pulled from National Corvette Museum Sinkhole for Chevrolet to Commence Restoration Efforts

March 2014, Bowling Green KY: Generations of car fans worldwide will be relieved to know that the iconic,irreplaceable vehicles damaged in the National Corvette Museum sinkhole have been retrieved - and are on their way to General Motors Design in Warren, Michigan for repair and restoration.

The collapse occurred on Wednesday, February 12 at approximately 5:40 AM CST in the museum's domed section. Fire Department officials estimated the hole to be approximately 40 wide and 25 to 30 feet deep.

Among the vehicles damaged included: a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder, a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil 1962 black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette and a 2009 white 1.5 Millionth Corvette.

General Motors Design in Warren, Michigan, will lead the project. The cars will be shipped to the Mechanical Assembly facility, a small specialty shop within GM Design, where the best restoration approach will be determined. Mechanical Assembly has been part of GM Design since the 1930s, and today maintains and restores many of the vehicles in the GM Heritage Collection and GM's historic concept cars.

The National Corvette Museum is independently owned, and supported solely by charitable donations from enthusiasts. It is currently accepting donations on its website to assist in refurbishing the facility. Donations are tax-deductible.