National Corvette Museum Might Leave Some Damaged Corvettes Unrestored
It appears the jury is still out on whether all of the “Magnificent Eight” Corvettes damaged in the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum will be restored. Some of the cars (like the 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06) are so badly mangled that it’s hard to imagine what it would take to actually restore them. Of course, the Museum has already said it will display all the damaged Corvettes through the summer for visitors to see. Now it seems museum officials might leave a few of the cars unrestored and on display permanently.
The last Corvette has been pulled from the sinkhole, but about the only positive thing I can make of it is that we’re finally over this dreadful part of the ordeal. Donated by Kevin and Linda Helmintoller of Land O’ Lakes, Florida, the Mallett Hammer was valued at about $120,000 at one point, but I can’t even begin to imagine how much money it would take to rebuild it.
Prepare your tear ducts: video of the 1993 ZR-1 Spyder being pulled out of the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum hit the Web last night, and it’s painful to watch.
The team charged with retrieving the Corvettes from the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum is gearing up for what will likely be its most tedious process yet. After spending the past few days making the hole more accessible, the construction crew will now turn its attention to vacuuming some of the dirt inside the hole to locate the three cars buried deep in the debris.
Remember that Autoweek poll that gauged whether people think the Corvettes damaged from the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum should be left unrestored? Well, the results are in, and more than 50 percent of the folks who voted in Autoweek’s survey believed at least one of the cars should be preserved in its current state as a reminder of the catastrophe. Our poll results here were a bit different. Check them out after the jump.