Watch the First Fully-Restored Sinkhole Corvette Debut at SEMA
Last year, when a sinkhole opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum, the damage to the cars was hard to believe. The Corvette ZR1 Blue Devil that was the first car lifted back out of the hole gave everyone some hope when it still started once all four wheels were back on the ground. Now, it has been restored to its former glory. This is one of eight cars that fell into the sinkhole and is the first to be fully restored. The Blue Devil was one of just two cars used to introduce the ZR1 back in January of 2008 and was on loan from Chevrolet when the accident occurred. After its nearly 30-foot plummet into the sinkhole, the car was put on display at the museum until September when it went back to Chevrolet to repair all the damage. RELATED: See the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Some of the damage was pretty extensive: cracked carbon-fiber ground effects, a broken passenger-side rocker panel, damaged passenger front fender, cracks in both doors, windshield, hood window glass and passenger headlamp assembly, bent rear driver's side control arm, and cracked oil lines for the dry-sump oiling system.
It took Chevrolet six weeks to make all the repairs and then they started it up at the General Motors Heritage Center before its trip to this year's SEMA. In addition to the ZR1, both the 1-millionth Corvette and a 1962 Corvette will be restored while the rest will stay as-is and remain on display at the museum.
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