The National Museum for Corvettes was dealt a major blow this week, and then given some relief.

If you’re a lover of Corvettes, then by now you have heard about the 40 foot sinkhole that opened up under the National Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky earlier this week. Unfortunately, several historic Corvettes were damaged during the incident. The Corvettes that are held here are some of the most important in the history of the brand. Including the 1,000,000th Corvette produced!

Chevrolet couldn’t just stand by and let anyone handle the restoration. That’s why today, General Motors announced that they will be handling the restoration for the museum. Even though the museum isn’t a part of General Motors, the company still felt that it was important that the restoration be handled properly.

GM Executive Vice President of Product Development Mark Ruess had this to say about the project: “The vehicles at the National Corvette Museum are some of the most significant in automotive history, There can only be one 1-millionth Corvette ever built. We want to ensure as many of the damaged cars are restored as possible so fans from around the world can enjoy them when the Museum reopens.”

The design process will be overseen by VP of Global Design Ed Welburn. The process should work like this: First, they recover the Corvettes from inside the sinkhole. After they are recovered, they will take them to Mechanical Assembly Facility, which is a small specialty shop contained within GM’s design headquarters. From there, they will figure out the best way to properly restore the vehicles.

Take a look at some of the vehicles that were damaged in the sinkhole:

This is the 1993 Corvette ZR-1 Spyder, less than 12 were ever produced.

This is the 1993 ZR-1 Spyder. Less than 12 were ever produced, unfortunately this was one of the vehicles damaged in the incident. .

 

The 2009 Corvette ZR-1 also known as the "Blue Devil" was also damaged in the accident.

This is the 2009 ZR1, also known as the Blue Devil. In addition to this being a limited production car, this was the first one that ever rolled off the line.

 

 

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The National Museum for Corvettes was dealt a major blow this week, and then given some relief.