Make that five Corvettes that have been removed from the sinkhole that opened up under the National Corvette Museum’s Skydome—and this one’s going to take more than a little work to restore.
The 1984 Corvette that was modified and customized into a convertible to serve as one of the pace cars in the PPG/CART IndyCar World Series was lifted from the sinkhole yesterday evening.
As with “Ruby”–the ’93 40th Anniversary coupe–and the 1,000,000th Corvette, this one will take some MAJOR work by the crew at the GM Design Mechanical Assembly facility at the GM Tech Center to get it looking like it did in its pace-car days in 1984. (It did NOT pace the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race that year—a Pontiac Fiero, of all things, did.)
Check back here for updates on the ongoing “carchaelology” from Bowling Green. Only three more Vettes are left to remove from the sinkhole--the ’93 ZR-1 Spyder, the ’01 Mallett “Hammer” and the ’09 1,500,000th Corvette. Once they’ve been recovered, they—and the five already brought out—will be displayed at the Museum before they’re hauled up to Michigan for restoration.
For more info on the NCM sinkhole, see our previous coverage:
ZR1 First Corvette Out of NCM Sinkhole
Trapped Corvettes to Emerge from Sinkhole 3/3
Chevrolet Vows to Restore Damaged Corvettes
Watch the Corvette Museum Sinkhole Swallow 8 Cars (video)
Sinkhole Claims 8 Corvettes at NCM