The First Sinkhole Corvette Has Now Been Restored

SEMA 2014

All's well that ends well.

The Corvette Museum sinkhole story is old news by now. Several rare Corvettes were seriously damaged last year after falling into the 30 feet deep sinkhole. But everybody knows what happened, so there’s really no need to repeat any details. Fortunately, Chevrolet has just announced that one of them has been completely restored and will be on display this week at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The 2009 Corvette ZR1, nicknamed the "Blue Devil" is the first of eight cars to have been fully repaired.

Amazingly, after it was initially pulled out of the sinkhole, the car started and drove out of the museum under its own power. The damage itself included: cracked carbon-fiber ground effects and a broken passenger-side rocker panel, damaged passenger front fender, and cracks in the doors, windshield, hood window glass and passenger headlamp assembly. There were also bent rear control arms on the driver’s side as well as cracked oil lines to the supercharged LS9 V8 dry-sump oiling system. The next two cars slated for restoration will be the one-millionth Corvette and a 1962 Corvette.

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