NCM Sinkhole Update: One More Vette Out, One More Vette To Go

2009 “1.5 Millionth” Corvette Recovered

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Just removed from the sinkhole under the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum: The 2009 “1,500,000th” Corvette. It’ll go on display at the NCM, along with the other recovered Vettes, before its restoration at the GM Styling prototype shop at the GM Tech Center.

One more Corvette has been pulled from the sinkhole under the National Corvette Museum’s Skydome, leaving just one of the eight Vettes that fell into it in mid-February awaiting recovery.

The latest one out is the 2009 “1,500,000th Corvette,” which was pulled out this morning, and will be displayed at the NCM before it’s shipped up to the prototype shop at the GM Styling facility at GM’s Tech Center in Warren, Michigan.

As you can see by the photos, the seventh Vette recovered from the sinkhole will need more than just a little buffing to restore it to its previous condition!

Still inside the sinkhole is the Mallet “Hammer,” and there’s no word yet on when it will be recovered.

Keep up with what’s happening with the Corvette rescue at the NCM by visiting their Facebook Fan page (www.facebook.com/corvettemuseum), and get more links to photos, videos and information related to the sinkhole when you visit their webpage (www.corvettemuseum.org).

Other Corvettes Recovered:

1991 ZR-1 Spyder
1984 PPG Custom
1993 “Ruby” 40th Anniversary
1993 Millionth Corvette
2009 “Blue Devil” ZR1

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It wasn’t until crews located the ’91 ZR-1 Spyder (recovered yesterday) that they were able to find the 1,500,000th Corvette (seen here just after it was removed from the sinkhole).


2009 “1.5 Millionth” Corvette Recovered

In less than a week, the 1.5 Millionth Corvette has gone from location unknown to being dug out from the depths of the sinkhole… regaining its status as a display car in the National Corvette Museum (NCM) on Thursday.

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While methods of probing the mounds of dirt in the sinkhole and the use of metal detectors were unsuccessful in finding the milestone Corvette, it was the retrieval process of the Spyder that yielded signs of the first of the two missing cars. “We had no idea where it was, we just happened upon it,” Mike Murphy, CEO of Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction said.

Upon the removal of the Spyder, the team began working to free the 1.5 Millionth. Initial attempts to pull the car free were to no avail as a large rock appeared to be wedging the rear of the car in the dirt.

“Originally, we thought we had to remove the boulder itself to free the vehicle,” said Zach Massey, Project Manager with Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction, “But we were able to free the 1.5 (Millionth Corvette) without addressing the boulder, as it turned out it was not directly resting on the car, which was a great advantage to us.”

Yesterday afternoon, the team was able to successfully free the car, with final removal from the sinkhole taking place this morning. “While the car appears to be in really rough condition, most of the major components are still there and provides a great base to work off of,” said Adam Boca of the NCM Insurance Agency, and a member of the Museum’s Display Committee.

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Next stop for the ’09 1,500,000th Corvette: Display with the other “sinkhole Corvettes,” before their restoration at the GM Styling prototype shop.

The National Corvette Museum was given the opportunity to purchase the milestone car brand new to preserve its place in history. It was built at Bowling Green Assembly on May 28, 2009 and is a white convertible with red interior, a nod to the first 300 Corvettes built in 1953 in Flint, MI--all of those were white roadsters with red interiors. The 1.5 Millionth Corvette is fully loaded with the 3LT Preferred Equipment Group, Z51 Performance Package, Dual Mode Performance Exhaust, Navigation, 6-speed automatic transmission with Paddle Shift and has a 6.2L V-8 engine boasting 430hp.

The final Corvette to be removed is the 2001 Z06 with Mallett “Hammer” conversion. “The rest of the day will be spent probing and excavating the area to find any signs of the Mallett Hammer,” said Murphy.

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The “crossed-flags” badges are about the only parts on the 1,500,000th Corvette that’ll only need a little cleaning!

The “sinkhole Corvettes” will come together for a special display in the Museum’s Exhibit Hall through August 3, after which time they will be moved into the restored Skydome where they will remain on display, as-is, through the Museum’s 20th Anniversary Event August 27-30, 2014.

Links to photos, videos and information related to the sinkhole are available on the Museum's website at www.corvettemuseum.org. For the latest updates visit the Museum’s Facebook Fan page at www.facebook.com/corvettemuseum.

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