In 2014, a sinkhole opened up in the center of Bowling Green, Kentucky's National Corvette Museum and swallowed eight historic Chevy Corvettes. For a while, the museum took the Earth-moving event in stride, allowing visitors to take a look at the sinkhole up close, complete with upside-down Corvettes and all.
Eventually, the museum decided it was time to restore the damaged vehicles. Some survived the fall without sustaining too much damage, while others were left nearly unrecognizable. Now, nearly four years after the event, the National Corvette Museum has finally finished reviving all of its damaged Corvettes.
The last fully restored Corvette, a handsome 1962 example, will take its rightful place on the Corvette Museum floor fully restored in just a few weeks. The museum announced earlier in the month that the Corvette would be restored in house – all within view of visitors, of course – before being unveiled to the public in just a few weeks on February 12.
The car in question is a 1962 Chevy Corvette finished in Tuxedo Black that was donated by longtime Corvette owner David Donoho in 2011. A "die-hard enthusiast," Donoho saved up enough money to buy the car in high school, and drove it for 50 years before donating it to the museum.
"For me, it's been an honor to perform the restoration of the 1962," said Vehicle Maintenance and Preservation Coordinator Daniel Decker. "This Corvette as well as the other seven made international headlines. Visitors travel from all over the world to visit our Museum and see these cars. I can't wait for them to see the transformation."