The National Corvette Museum sinkhole saga has been one of national mourning since it was first reported on back in February of this year. Seven months later, things are starting to get better, as all of the cars have been extracted from the abyss and plans are now being made regarding the future.
While the issue of filling the hole has been solved (it will be filled), another equally important issue has to be discussed: which of the Corvettes will be restored? Eight Vettes in all were swallowed up that day, and of those eight, three have been slated for restoration, courtesy of Chevrolet.
The three Corvettes are a 2009 ZR1 prototype, also known as the “Blue Devil”; a 1992 white convertible C4, which was the one-millionth Corvette ever produced; and a black 1962 C1. The ZR1 and C4 convertible will be paid for and repaired by Chevrolet, while the C1 will be paid for by the automaker and repaired by a third party selected at the NCM’s discretion.
That means tough luck for the other five Corvettes, which are the following: the 1984 PPG pace car, the 2009 1.5-millionth Corvette, the 1992 ZR1 Spyder, the 2001 Mallet Hammer, and the 1994 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette. They will all become part of the NCM’s exhibit dedicated to the sinkhole incident.
Looking at it another way, however, this leaves room open for the masses to swoop in and snag a collectible Vette for restoration. Barring the unfortunate crushes that both the Mallet and ZR1 Spyder endured, that leaves three other highly valuable Corvettes ripe for the picking. How would you restore one of these supercars? Drop down below and leave a comment telling us your strategy.