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Sinkhole swallows classic Corvettes

Rare historical Corvettes in sinkhole at National Corvette Museum
Rare historical Corvettes in sinkhole at National Corvette Museum
National Corvette Museum

In the middle of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky a sinkhole opened up. Eight Corvettes fell into it and suffered major damage. The first one pulled out still started and compared to the other cars was not in bad shape. From the pictures, only three Corvettes are visible and the rest were under the cement and dirt. Broken glass, bent, torn and cracked frames and bodies make them look like they were in awful high speed rollover crashes.

Here is the list of the cars that went in, the Blue Devil was the first one out and is easy to spot on the security footage of the sinkhole starting. As each was pulled out the damage kept getting worse.

1962 “Black Corvette”
1984 PPG pace car
2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil”
1992 white “1 Millionth Corvette”
1993 ruby red “40th Anniversary Corvette”
2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
2009 white “1.5 Millionth Corvette”
1993 ZR-1 Spyder

There is only one 1 millionth Corvette and one 1.5 millionth Corvette. All the Corvettes pulled out have gone to restoration at Mechanical Assembly which is part of GM design and handles all the Corvette restoration and maintenance for GM historic concept cars and GM heritage cars. However at this point in time only five of the Corvettes were pulled out. The rest are waiting for piles to be driven in to stabilize the cavern before continuing. Plus it is a new atttraction at the National Corvette Museum.

Tourism spiked to the Corvette museum because people not only wanted to see the sinkhole but the damaged Corvettes. The Skydome portion of the museum is closed but with a viewing window from the separate building which is deemed safe. Also a monitor has been placed with the birds eye view of the work being done.

Here are the pictures released from the National Corvette Museum of the sinkhole: Sinkhole Pictures.