First Corvette Damaged in the National Corvette Museum Sinkhole Restored
In February of this year a large sinkhole developed beneath the National Corvette Museum damaging eight vehicles. After months of restoration, Chevrolet recently unveiled the restored 2009 Corvette ZR1 known as the Blue Devil. The Blue Devil is the first of the eight cars swallowed by the sinkhole to be restored.
Museum officials were alerted by their security company that motion detectors were going off in the Skydome area of the Museum. Upon arrival it was discovered that a sinkhole had collapsed within the Museum. No one was in or around the Museum at the time. Three weeks later, the ZR1 was pulled out of the sinkhole. Despite falling nearly 30 feet, it started and drove out of the Skydome under its own power. The Blue Devis was the first car recovered from the sinkhole.
According to the Museum officials the 1-millionth Corvette and a 1962 Corvette will be restored next year. The other five will remain in their as-recovered state to preserve their historical significance, and will become part of a future display at the museum.