Chevrolet has restored the first 'Vette that was damaged earlier this year
when a sinkhole developed beneath the National Corvette Museum.
The lovingly restored 2009 Corvette ZR1 is on display this week at the SEMA Show, before heading back to the museum in Bowling Green, Ky.
One of two show cars used to introduce the all-new Corvette ZR1 in January 2008, the car was on loan from Chevrolet to the National Corvette Museum when the sinkhole developed. When museum personnel arrived on the morning of Wednesday, February 12, they found a sinkhole measuring about 45 feet wide, 60 feet long and up to 30 feet deep - and it had swallowed eight Corvettes.
Three weeks later, the "Blue Devil" was pulled out of the sinkhole. Amazingly, despite falling nearly 30 feet, it started and drove out of the Skydome under its own power.
The ZR1 remained on display in its sorrow state until September, when it was returned to Chevrolet for restoration. The damage included:
- Cracked carbon-fiber ground effects and a broken passenger-side rocker panel
- Damaged passenger front fender, as well as cracks in both doors
- Cracked windshield, hood window glass and passenger headlamp assembly
- Bent rear control arms on the driver's side
- Cracked oil lines to the supercharged LS9 engine's dry-sump oiling system.
Two other cars will be restored next year - the 1-millionth Corvette and a 1962 Corvette - while the other five will remain in their as-recovered state to preserve their historical significance.