On February 12, 2014, a massive sinkhole opened inside the National Corvette Museum. During the chaos, eight of the world’s most rare and valuable Corvettes were swallowed by the massive hole. Among them was the one millionth Corvette ever produced. Chevrolet pledged to restore the vehicle to its former glory—and they have kept their promise.
“As the one and only 1 millionth Corvette, its preservation was important to us as the designers of the vehicle – and as Corvette enthusiasts,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design, in the press release. “The damage was significant in many ways; however we have one of the most highly skilled specialty shops and team of people in the industry, so they were fully prepared to take on the challenge.”
The one millionth Corvette ever produced, a white Corvette convertible, rolled off the assembly line in 1992. Twenty-three years later, the exact same Corvette rolled off the Chevy assembly line again, after being reconstructed. It took four months and a team of 30 craftspeople to complete the job. When it was finished, the damaged Corvette looked like brand new.
The Corvette was returned to the National Corvette Museum, where it shines as bright as it ever had before. We here at Suski Chevrolet plan to pay it a visit very soon!