Sinkhole savior: Chevrolet to oversee restoration of historic Corvettes

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On Feb. 12, a sinkhole collapsed within the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky. Museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli said six of the cars were owned by the museum and two were on loan from General Motors.

On Feb. 12, a sinkhole collapsed within the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky. Museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli said six of the cars were owned by the museum and two were on loan from General Motors.


Museum cars damaged in sinkhole collapse will be shipped to Warren, Mich.

DETROIT – To help the National Corvette Museum recover from the massive sinkhole that opened under the facility this week, Chevrolet will oversee restoration of the Corvettes damaged. General Motors Design in Warren, Mich., will lead the project.

Six of the cars were owned by the museum and two – a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil – were on loan from General Motors, said museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli.

The other cars damaged were a 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.

“The vehicles at the National Corvette Museum are some of the most significant in automotive history,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of General Motors Global Product Development. “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.”

Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design, will oversee the restoration.

When the cars are recovered, they 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.

 

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To learn more and view additional photos, visit the museum’s website: www.corvettemuseum.org.

 

 

 

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