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Corvette Museum to Feature Sinkhole Corvettes before Restoration

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Restoration of the Corvettes

Photo courtesy of National Corvette Museum

If you live under a rock, first of all, beware of sinkholes. But second of all, it’s possible that you didn’t hear about the sinkhole fiasco that gobbled up eight ‘Vettes at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The tragedy claimed two GM-owned Corvettes on loan to the museum, as well as six museum-owned models. Among the fallen were the millionth and 1.5 millionth Corvettes ever produced, as well as a ’62 ‘Vette and General Motors’ own 1993 ZR-1 Spyder.

Chevrolet has stepped in to fund and oversee the restoration of these precious sinkhole Corvettes, but it’ll still be up to the museum to pay for the building restoration, among other expenses. (You can donate to the cause here!) But before restoration of the sinkhole Corvettes begins, the National Corvette Museum will put them on display. The display will last from April through June, although guests can now view the Corvettes where they currently rest in the sinkhole. (Don’t worry, a perfectly safe viewing booth was built for this.)

Still today, the sinkhole Corvettes lie waiting to be rescued in the 30-feet-deep, 40-feet-wide hole. Getting them out is a slow process, which involves bringing in a special crane, followed by likely months and months of restoration under Chevy’s supervision. As such, we don’t know when the sinkhole Corvettes will be returned to their former glory, but we imagine it will be quite a while.