After the 1992 Corvette known as the 1 Millionth Corvette fell into the sinkhole inside the National Corvette Museum, many wondered if the special milestone car could be saved. But GM made a pledge to restore the car and after four months and 1,200 man hours, the 1 Millionth Corvette’s restoration has been completed and the car is back home inside the NCM’s Sky Dome once again.
The white Corvette was shipped up to the GM Design Center in Warren, Michigan where approximately 30 technicians and craftspeople went to work on the car.
An interesting dilemma came up during the restoration: As the Corvette was assembled back in 1992, it was covered in the signatures of the workers who assembled the car. GM took painstaking care and attention to saving these signatures. Only two signatures couldn’t be saved so one was transferred digitally while the final signature was signed in person by that worker, Angela Lamb, during Thursday’s unveiling at the NCM.
To support the car’s heritage and documentation, Chevy offered this cool time-lapse video of the restoration of the car at the Design Center. If you look carefully, you’ll see our own Detroit Bureau Steve Burns snapping a couple of photos from the June press event which detailed the restoration at the half-way mark.
The 1 Millionth Corvette is the second of the Great Eight Corvettes to be restored. The 2009 Blue Devil Corvette ZR1’s restoration was completed a year ago. The final restoration candidate is the Black 1962 Corvette which will be restored in-house by the Corvette Museum’s new Maintenance and Preservation Department. The rest of the sinkhole Corvettes will remain as they fell into the sinkhole on February 14, 2014.
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