National Corvette Museum Reopens With A Bang

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No classics were harmed in the making of Chevrolet's newest exhibit.

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky is back and ready for business, with Monday marking its first day of operation in a couple of months, aside from customers picking up their Corvettes, and we're sure that plenty a Chevrolet Corvette fan is again adding it to their list of summer destinations.

But while the museum hasn't been open to the public in a while, members of the staff have managed to keep themselves busy, so that now, the National Corvette Museum is reopening with an impressive, brand new exhibit. Dubbed "The Vision Realized: 60 Years of Mid-Engine Corvette Design," the exhibit documents the Corvette's long, winding road to the C8 generation and its rear-mid-engine layout.

National Corvette Museum
National Corvette Museum
National Corvette Museum
National Corvette Museum

The exhibit "focuses on the key vehicles that built the foundation for the 2020 Corvette Stingray," says Museum Curator Derek E. Moore. It includes display vehicles like the 1986 Corvette Indy - a mid-engine, all-wheel-drive Corvette concept powered by a 2.65-liter Indy V8 - and XP-987 - a Pininfarina-styled mid-engine prototype from the early 70s powered by a two-rotor Wankel engine and based on a VW-Porsche 914, of all things - not the last time a 914 and a Corvette have been mixed.

This summer, those cars will be joined by CERV-1, CERV-II, Astro II, XP-819, and a version of XP-895 with an experimental aluminum body, built by Reynolds Metals - a company best known for their aluminum foil. Corvette history certainly is colorful.

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The mid-engine Corvette exhibit also features "original renderings from [the] Museum alongside photographs, artifacts and ephemera from both the GM Design Archive & Special Collections, and GM Heritage Center," Moore says.

If a bunch of weird, experimental mid-engine Corvette prototypes aren't quite quirky enough for you, the National Corvette Museum has also added an "Entombed Corvette" display, featuring a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette that was entombed in the basement of a grocery story for 27 years. "This particular story is so unique people will really enjoy learning about it," says Moore.

And for those who remember the infamous sinkhole that opened up underneath the National Corvette Museum back in 2014, swallowing eight Corvettes whole, the museum today features an improved simulation of the sinkhole collapse, and all eight cars are on display.

AP

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