On Thursday at the National Corvette Museum, workers lifted the seventh of eight Corvettes lost in the sinkhole back to solid ground. The recovered Corvette was the 2009 1.5 Millionth car and was only discovered last week after workers vacuumed enough dirt out of the hole to reveal its location.
As the team worked to free the milestone Corvette, it appeared that a large rock was wedged against the rear of the car. “Originally, we thought we had to remove the boulder itself to free the vehicle,” said Zach Massey, Project Manager with Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction, “But we were able to free the 1.5 without addressing the boulder as it turned out it was not directly resting on the car, which was a great advantage to us.”
The Corvette was actually pulled free from the dirt late Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, workers secured the car to the crane and lifted it free of the sinkhole.
“While the car appears to be in really rough condition, most of the major components are still there and provides a great base to work off of,” said Adam Boca of the NCM Insurance Agency and a member of the Museum’s Display Committee.
The 1,500,000th Corvette was built on May 28, 2009. It was painted white and has red leather interior like all 300 Corvettes produced in their inaugural year. This Corvette wears VIN 1G1YY36W295114471 and was purchased by the National Corvette Museum Foundation to preserve its place in history. The C6 Corvette was optioned with the Z51 performance package and the 3LT package. Other features included the forged chrome aluminum wheels, DVD navigation, Dual Mode Performance Exhaust and a paddle shift 6-speed auto transmission.
These photos of the 1.5 Millionth Corvette are courtesy of the National Corvette Museum:
With the removal of the 2009 Corvette, that leaves just the 2001 Mallett Hammer Corvette Z06 to find and recover. On Thursday, the Museum posted on Facebook that they believed they have located it.
The Corvette Museum will be showing off all the “Sinkhole Corvettes” in a special display in the Museum’s Exhibit Hall through August 3rd. They will then be moved into the restored Skydome where they will remain on display through the NCM’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on August 27-30, 2014.
Here is the video showing the 2009 1.5 Millionth Corvette lifted from the Skydome sinkhole:
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