There aren’t any more cars sitting in the massive sinkhole that opened beneath the National Corvette Museum earlier this year.
General Motors pledged to help restore the damaged sports cars, two of which it owns. The other six belong to the museum. But making good on that promise might be more difficult than General Motors anticipated. Each of the cars removed from the hole turned out to be more damaged than the one before it.
The final car is a 2001 Mallet Hammer Z06. “I expected bad, but it’s 100 times worse. It looks like a piece of tin foil… and it had a roll cage in it. It makes all the other cars look like they’re brand new,” Kevin Helmintoller, who donated the car to the museum, said.
Some of the cars are beyond repair, but the fixable ones will be sent to Michigan for repairs. The sinkhole opened on February 12 and some of the cars were recovered quickly. But others including today’s car were buried and required metal detectors and special equipment to excavate.
Before any of the cars are sent for restoration, they will be part of a special exhibit at the museum that will be on display in the museum’s Exhibit Hall through August 3. After that, they will remain on display in the restored Skydome – where the hole opened – through the museum’s 20th anniversary from August 27 to 30.
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