Last Corvette pulled from Kentucky sinkhole that swallowed museum cars

Wed Apr 9, 2014 7:05pm EDT
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By Tim Ghianni

(Reuters) - The last of eight rare Corvettes to be extracted from a sinkhole that opened under a Kentucky car museum in February was pulled from the pit on Wednesday, showing damage from its 40-foot (12-meter) tumble.

After finally being located on its roof under rubble on Monday, the 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette was lifted on Wednesday from the pit at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The car - a Corvette modified by collectors who donated it to the museum - was one of eight collector Corvettes that were swallowed by the sinkhole on February 12.

As expected, it took weeks to retrieve the cars, which included the millionth Corvette built in 1992. All are historically significant and General Motors Co will attempt to restore them, Mark Reuss, executive vice president of GM Global Product Development, said in a statement.

The final car had been buried beneath dirt and rocks, said Katie Frassinelli, marketing and communications manager.

"They have been excavating in the dirt, dig a little here, dig a little there and they eventually uncovered the rear portion of the car (Monday)," Frassinelli said.

"The next thing is to recover all the pieces. They'll be pulling pieces out of the hole for several days, probably," she said.

Visitors to the museum, which has reopened, have watched the excavation efforts and observed the seven previously recovered Corvettes, dubbed the "Great 8" by the museum.   Continued...