Last Classic Corvette Recovered From Kentucky Sinkhole

A sinkhole in Bowling Green, Kentucky left eight classic corvettes from The National Corvette Museum unrecognizable, according to this Huffington Post article. The 40-foot-wide-by-60-foot-deep sinkhole occurred in mid-February while the museum was closed, so nobody was injured. However, it is estimated that the damages to the eight corvettes total over one million dollars, and many of the cars cannot be repaired. The last of the cars, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette, was pulled from the sinkhole on Wednesday. The other cars that fell into the sinkhole include a a 1962 black Corvette, a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 2009 white 1.5 Millionth Corvette, a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil and a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette. Two of these cars were on loan from General Motors. Most of the six others were donations from individuals, including the 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06, which was donated in December by Kevin Helmintoller, of Land O’ Lakes, Fla.

Monte Doran, a spokesman for Chevrolet, says that it will be difficult to determine which cars will be worth restoring. The damaged cars will be on display in another section of the museum until August, when the repairs will be made. However, restoring the cars with all new parts may jeopardize the integrity of the classic cars. Even cars they decide not the repair will continue to be displayed. “I’m sure that we’ll continue to display them as is. It’s now a part of museum and Corvette history,” museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli said. “It’s interesting to people. They aren’t going into storage somewhere.”

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