Construction workers surprised us yesterday by going after two more Corvettes. In addition to the 1992 1 Millionth Corvette that was pulled from the sinkhole inside the National Corvette Museum’s Sky Dome, workers also were able to snag the 1984 PPG Corvette Pace Car (or at least most of it).
After the white 1,000,000th Corvette was pulled out, the construction team used the cranes to lift a large piece of concrete from the cavern. Under that slab was the 1984 Corvette.
The C4 Pace Car is by far in the worst shape of the five Corvettes removed from the sinkhole. When the car fell into the hole, another slab of concrete came down on the back-end of the car like a guillotine, severing the rear from the rest of the body. That part of the PPG Corvette is still in the sinkhole.
The Corvette was lifted by straps on its front axle and was brought over to the landing zone where it was examined and photographed, and then it was moved into the Corvette Museum to be displayed with the other four Corvettes previously rescued.
Here are some photos of the 1984 Corvette PPG rescue:
The 1984 PPG Corvette Pace Car will probably be one of the hardest Corvettes to restore as it had many customized components not found in regular production Corvettes.
The Corvette saw track time back in the day by pacing some of the world’s biggest auto races including the PPG Indy Car World Series. The Corvette was one of the original exhibits on display when the the NCM first opened its doors in 1994.
Here’s video from the Corvette Museum showing the extraction of the PPG Pace Car:
Photo Credits: National Corvette Museum
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