Corvette Museum: 1990 Corvette ZR-1 Spyder Recovered From KY Sinkhole

Wednesday, 02 Apr 2014 03:27 PM

By Jonna Lorenz

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A unique 1990 Corvette ZR-1 Spyder was recovered Tuesday from the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum that swallowed eight classic cars in February.

The car, which had to be dug up from the ground and stabilized, is the sixth car to be pulled from the sinkhole in Bowling Green, Ky., according to Auto Week. It was the first to be recovered since early March, when the 1 millionth Corvette ever built was pulled from the sinkhole.

Two of the eight cars remain buried, the 1.5 millionth Corvette and a Mallett Hammer Z06. The 1.5 millionth Corvette is beneath a large boulder and a concrete slab.

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Crews used a heavy-duty vacuum and excavating equipment to recover the ZR-1 Spyder and had to remove a large boulder from its cabin, according to a museum blog post.

The ZR-1 Spyder was on loan from General Motors. It was built from a 1990 ZR-1 with customized features, including custom wheels, a custom cover, a chopped windshield half the normal height, lowered seats, narrowed mirrors and a louvered hood.

The museum posted a video of the extraction on YouTube.

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Ongoing excavation work also can be viewed live on the museum’s website.

Museum officials say they hope to pull the 1.5 millionth Corvette from the sinkhole on Wednesday or Thursday.

“The exposed part of the Corvette is upside down, front end up it looks like,” Museum Spokesman Bob Bubnis said, according to The Bowling Green Daily News.

The Mallett Hammer Z06 still is unseen.

General Motors said it will restore the damaged cars.

ClassicCars.com conducted a poll asking readers whether the cars should be restored. As of Wednesday afternoon, 50 percent of respondents said: “Most of the cars should be restored but one or two should be left for display ‘as is.’” Less than 10 percent said none of the cars should be restored.

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