Team Shows Extreme Care in Pulling Corvettes from Sinkhole

1962 Black Corvette

With all the uncertainty over the remaining Corvettes sitting in that sinkhole, it’s clear the construction company charged with pulling the cars to safety realizes the importance of those babies.

1962 Black Corvette Sinkhole Removal at National Corvette Museum (2)

A recent video of the recovery team, headed by the construction company Scott, Murphy, and Daniel, shows the painstaking efforts put into the retrieval of the 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette out of the sunken debris at the National Corvette Museum.

The first car the team recovered was the 2009 ZR-1 “Blue Devil,” which sparked a number of cheers among the team when it started up after being pulled from the hole.

“It’s wonderful… just seven more to go,” said Mike Murphy, construction manager for the project, following the retrieval of the ZR1 as detailed in the museum’s blog. “That’s a GM product for you. They take a licking and keep on ticking!”

Even the 1962 Black Corvette, which surveyors had said would be one of the toughest to recover because of its positioning next to a five-ton slab, was successfully hoisted to safety.

The retrieval process for the black Corvette included tying into the engine bay to secure the front of the car, then drilling anchors into the slab of concrete that was wedged into the grille.

Stay tuned for more updates on the recovery of the remaining five Corvettes.

images [National Corvette Museum Facebook Page]