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GM starts rescuing Corvettes from sinkhole

First of eight Corvettes recovered from sinkhole
First of eight Corvettes recovered from sinkhole
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Workers have started recovering the eight classic Corvettes that fell into a massive sinkhole under the National Corvette Museum. The 2009 Corvette ZR-1 code named "Blue Devil" was the first car rescued. Amazingly, the car is still driveable, despite falling nearly 30 feet.

The giant sinkhole opened up under an exhibit area, on February 12th. The National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, houses a full array of important Corvette models.

The "Blue Devil" was a pet project of former GM Chairman and CEO, Rick Wagoner. Despite GM's economic hardship, Wagoner who attended Duke University, thought it was important for Chevrolet to continue building the iconic sportscars.

In a statement, John Spencer of Corvette says, "The "Blue Devil" is in remarkable shape. Cosmetically, the carbon fiber running boards are shattered, there's some minor paint damage, and a small crack in the windshield." The car also has a split oil line.

Workers also recovered a 1993 40th Anniversary model Corvette. Although the maroon vehicle has significant cosmetic damage, there is little damage to the undercarriage, frame and suspension.

The team plans to rescue a 1962 Corvette this week, and recover the remaining vehicles in the next 60 days.

The cars will be shipped to the Mechanical Assembly facility, a specialty shop within General Motors Design. Experts will decide how to best restore the classic Corvettes. The specialists, at the GM Tech Center, also restore and maintain the vehicles in the GM Heritage Collection.