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First Sinkhole Corvette Restored and Back on Display

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So about 10 months after a sinkhole at the Skydome area of National Corvette Museum building swallowed eight historic Corvettes, the first of them is now fully repaired and on display at SEMA. This sinkhole Corvette is the 2009 “Blue Devil” ZR1.

The Blue Devil has been a plucky fellow from the beginning. It was the only sinkhole Corvette to start and drive out of the museum – after spending three weeks upside down in the hole – under its own power. The damages were mostly aesthetic, but in no way cheap to fix, as most of the ZR1 is made from carbon fiber.

So what did GM’s crack team of restorers fix on the Blue Devil? The list includes cracked carbon-fiber ground effects and a broken passenger-side rocker panel, damaged passenger front fender, as well as cracks in both doors, cracked windshield, hood window glass and passenger headlamp assembly, bent rear control arms on the driver’s side, and cracked oil lines to the supercharged LS9 engine’s dry-sump oiling system.

The shiny and healthy ZR1 Blue Devil is now on celebrating its regained livelihood at the SEMA show, and will be back on display at the museum in Bowling Green after the show.

“After that unprecedented event, the ZR1 was the first car to be lifted out of the sinkhole,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president, performance vehicles and motorsports. “It was great to recover it, bring it back to Chevrolet and begin the restoration of this significant Corvette.”

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