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Chevrolet Begins Restoring Milestone C4 Corvette Damaged in Sinkhole

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/12/2015 Megan Stewart

In February 2014, a sinkhole opened up at the National Corvette Museum, swallowing a number of Corvette models, including the 1 Millionth 'Vette produced. Restoring the white C4-generation 1992 Corvette has proven challenging, as the team is trying to preserve the original appearance rather than build a new one from the ground up.

1992 Chevrolet Corvette Sinkhole Restoration© Provided by MotorTrend 1992 Chevrolet Corvette Sinkhole Restoration

The sinkhole itself measured 45-by-60 feet wide and 30 feet deep. Eight vehicles total were swallowed up, two of which were on loan from General Motors. The museum owned the other six models. The team in charge of the restorations is part of GM's Mechanical Assembly group at the Design Center, which mainly focuses on prototype and concept vehicles.

This 1992 Corvette is the second model that the museum has pledged to restore, with the first being the 2009 Corvette ZR1 Blue Devil, which only suffered light damage. After the 1992 Corvette, the museum will tackle the restoration of a third car, a 1962 Corvette. While more models were damaged in the sinkhole, the National Corvette Museum will not be restoring them, and will instead keep them in their current state to preserve their historical significance.

While the sinkhole may have started out somewhat as a tragedy, the National Corvette Museum will build a sinkhole-themed display. The Corvettes that will not be restored include a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from GM, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette, along with the 2001 "Mallett Hammer" Z06 and the 2009 1.5 millionth Corvette, which were the last models to be discovered.

Check out photos of the restoration process in the gallery below.

Source: Chevrolet

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