As we’ve been reporting for the past few days, the National Corvette Museum’s sinkhole collapse was a tragedy of epic proportions, and now Chevrolet is stepping in to help. General Motors Design in Warren, MI will be overseeing the restoration of all the damaged Corvettes, under the watchful eye of vice president Ed Welburn.
“The vehicles at the National Corvette Museum are some of the most significant in automotive history,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of General Motors Global Product Development. “There can only be one 1-millionth Corvette ever built. We want to ensure as many of the damaged cars are restored as possible so fans from around the world can enjoy them when the Museum reopens.”
Following the recovery process, GM states that the cars will be shipped to the Mechanical Assembly facility, a department within GM Design that has existed since the 1930s, to asses the situation and develop a game plan. All of the vehicles in the GM Heritage Collection and GM’s historic concept cars are currently maintained and restored by Mechanical Assembly, so they are no strangers to these types of projects.
As the National Corvette Museum is an independently owned institution that is completely reliant upon charitable donations, the help is surely needed. Donations can be made through its website, which are tax-deductible, to assist with refurbishing the facility.