Millionth Corvette Ever Built Saved From Kentucky Sinkhole

Friday, 07 Mar 2014 02:43 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Workers at Kentucky's National Corvette Museum rescued the one millionth Chevrolet Corvette ever built from a sinkhole that swallowed eight classic vehicles last month.

It was the fourth vehicle lifted from the sinkhole, which formed underneath the museum's Skydome building on Feb. 12. Crews didn't expect to retrieve the automobile as quickly as they did, since it was much deeper than the first three cars, according to Fox News. 

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"Initially there was no intention to bring the Millionth out, but as we got in there and saw more this morning we did feel like this might be our best chance," Danny Daniel, President of Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction, told NewsChannel5.

NewsChannel 5 reported the Corvette was pulled by one wheel from where it was lodged and swung free into the cavern. It was then lifted out and placed upside down at the bottom of the sinkhole. Once it was in place, the car's tires were secured and lifted out of the sinkhole. 

The white over red convertible rolled off the assembly line July 2, 1992 and was donated to the museum that same year by General Motors, according to the History Channel. The plant that produced the car is a short distance from the museum in Bowling Green, Ky.

The retrieval began Monday, when the first three cars were pulled from the hole. 

The remaining four cars will stay buried until workers can further stabilize the sinkhole, which could take another two or three weeks, NewsChannel5 reported. The damaged cars will remain on display until Aug. 3, when they are scheduled to be repaired at a Michigan plant.

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