Chevy Shows Resurrected 'Blue Devil' Corvette at SEMA

Mike Schlee
by Mike Schlee

The poor 2009 Corvette ZR1 Blue Devil that fell into a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum is now completely restored.

On display at the 2014 SEMA Show, the Blue Devil looks as pristine as it did before the unfortunate mishap in Kentucky.

The ZR1 marks the first of eight cars swallowed by the sinkhole that will undergo a restoration. Not nearly as damaged as some of the other Corvettes, three weeks after the ZR1 was pulled from the 30 foot sinkhole it was able to fire up and drive out of the museum under its own power.

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It was then sent to GM’s Heritage center where work began to fix the various components. The passenger side rocker panel was broken and the carbon-fiber ground effects cracked. The passenger front fender, windshield, see-through hood window and passenger headlight were also damaged along with both doors.

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Mechanically the ZR1 fared much better with damage being limited to bent rear control arms on the driver’s side and cracked oil lines to the supercharged LS9 engine’s dry-sump oiling system.

It took just six weeks to restored the ZR1 and now the Heritage center will begin work on the next two sinkhole Corvettes; the 1-millionth Corvette and a 1962 Corvette. The other five damaged Corvettes will remain in their as-recovered, damaged state and become part of a future display at the National Corvette Museum.

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Mike Schlee
Mike Schlee

A 20+ year industry veteran, Mike rejoins the AutoGuide team as the Managing Editor. He started his career at a young age working at dealerships, car rentals, and used car advertisers. He then found his true passion, automotive writing. After contributing to multiple websites for several years, he spent the next six years working at the head office of an automotive OEM, before returning back to the field he loves. He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). He's the recipient of a feature writing of the year award and multiple video of the year awards.

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