The designers of the largest US automaker have a grueling task ahead of them – returning to its former glory the damaged one-millionth Chevrolet Corvette, 10 months after the model was swallowed by a sinkhole that appeared in the hosting museum.
At 5:44 a.m. on February 12, a rather large sinkhole opened in the floor of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky and the prized white 1992 convertible was among the eight unfortunate cars that were damaged. Now, Dave Bolognino, director of GM Design Fabrication, says “the whole car’s going to have to come apart,” and the guys in the department that makes parts for prototypes and design models of new cars have their work cut out. Recovering the pristine condition for the anniversary car will be a task for at least six months, but the executive points out that it could take even longer – as the GM designers overseeing the restoration process also need to worry about new design models and concept cars for auto shows and GM’s future vehicles.
Bolognino added that the car’s importance – both as ‘Vette #1,000,000 and a survivor of the museum sinkhole – bring the task of using as many of the original parts as possible – even if it costs more and although they have new components in a spare parts warehouse.