The first Corvette pulled from the infamous sinkhole rolls into SEMA fully restored


The first of 3 sinkhole Vettes to be restored was unveiled at the 2014 SEMA Show today...

This 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” thought it was slated for a life of leisure, just sitting in the National Corvette Museum, then the ground opened up and everything changed forever as the car would become 1 of 8 that would fall into a massive sinkhole at the museum…

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The “Blue Devil,” was lucky. It was the last one to fall in the hole and the first one out. Its damage seemed minimal compared to the other 7, and the car was even started and driven out of the building...

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Believe us, we saw the other Vettes. None of them were driving anywhere. (See the pictures from our visit here.)

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Although the car fared better than its Corvette sinkhole sisters, it still needed some work. The ground effects and doors were cracked and the passenger-side fender was trashed. General Motors’ Heritage Center restored the car, and at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas the first sinkhole Corvette restored made its grand re-entry into the limelight.

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After being displayed during this year’s show, the car will return to its home at the National Corvette Museum. The Heritage Center plans to also restore the 1,000,000 Corvette from 1992 and the black 1962, but the remaining 5 will remain in the damaged state.

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