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Chevrolet Restored the 1 Millionth Corvette, Next In Line is a 1962 Corvette

Remember the world-famous sinkhole incident that appeared at the National Corvette Museum earlier this year? We do, and we also remember the eight Corvettes swallowed by the ground.
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Before you accuse us of trying to ruin your day, please let us say we actually have good news to share with you guys. Chevrolet just finished restoring the 1 millionth Corvette that took severe damage during the incident we mentioned above.

Chevy's engineers needed four months and 1,200 man-hours to put the white 1992 convertible back on its feet, but the process is now over, and the car looks as good as new.

Upon recovery from the sinkhole, the unlucky Corvette was moved from the museum to the Design Center on GM’s Technical Center campus in Michigan. There, a team of 30 technicians took care of the restoration.

They had to replace the hood and front fascia, as well as the lower panels between the front wheels and doors. These parts came from a vehicle with the same color and model year, so authenticity didn't become an issue.

It's also safe to say that lady luck smiled to this Corvette since the 5.7L LT1 engine and the Vette's transmission were inspected, but engineers couldn't find any signs of damage.

“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. “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 1 millionth Corvette is the second vehicle restored after the sinkhole incident. Chevrolet's first restoration project involved a 2009 Corvette ZR1 prototype aka the Blue Devil, which was brought back to its original condition last year.

Next-in-line for restoration is 1962 Corvette, but the other car will remain in the same state they were recovered after the incident, "to preserve the historical significance of the cars". They know what they're doing, I guess.

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