On February 12, you may have woken up early in the morning feeling nervous, but not knowing why. If you’re a Corvette fan it was because eight valuable Corvettes had just been swallowed by a giant sinkhole that opened under the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.
Now, nearly a month later, the recovery efforts are in full swing. Already, five of the eight cars have been pulled from the hole with varying degrees of damage.
The first car to come out was the last car to fall in, the 2009 Corvette ZR1 “Blue Devil.” To the naked eye this car appears to need little more than a car wash. In fact, it was in such good shape, workers were able to start it up and drive it out of the room. Museum officials say the car suffered a split oil-line, damage to the carbon fiber running boards, a small crack in the windshield, and some minor paint damage.
The other cars were not so lucky. Cars two through four will all need more extensive repairs. The 1993 40th Anniversary “Ruby Red,” has damage on virtually every body panel and a broken windshield. Next, was a beautiful, black 1962 Corvette, which was in remarkably good condition with only a minor crack in the rear and an eight-inch crack in the front fender. Corvette number four, the 1992 one millionth Corvette, looks a bit squashed and will need some bodywork and a new windshield.
The last Corvette pulled from the hole, the 1984 PPG Pace Car, suffered the most damage. It appears to have been “karate chopped” by a concrete slab as the rear panels are completely separated from the body.
We have to image the remaining three cars are in serious condition as well. The museum has said that all of the damaged Corvettes will go on display at the museum until June before they are transported to General Motors for restoration.