GM May Keep Some ‘Sinkhole’ Corvettes on Permanent Display

by Christopher Freeburn | April 23, 2014 11:43 am

Some of the classic Corvettes that were damaged after falling into a sinkhole that opened under the National Corvette Museum in February may not be repaired[1].

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Instead, the damaged Corvettes could be become part of a permanent exhibit. General Motors (GM[3]), the Corvettes’ manufacturer, says it will discuss the option with museum officials next month, Automotive News notes.

The museum had initially planned to restore the damaged vehicles, but is now looking at alternatives. Some of the vehicles — including a  2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 — were very badly damaged in the incident.

Eight Corvettes plunged into the sinkhole on Feb. 12[4], including two on loan from GM. The museum has opened an exhibit around the sinkhole, putting some of the damaged Corvettes on display at least through the summer.

Six of the damaged Corvettes were owned by the museum. The museum received $75,000 in donations after the sinkhole opened.

In March, a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil Corvette was pulled[5] “nearly unscathed” from the sinkhole.

A GM official said the carmaker is hoping to assist the museum “in any way we can.” GM does not own the non-profit museum.

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