1 Millionth Corvette Finally Restored

Nineteen months ago, in the early morning hours of February 12, 2014, a gaping hole opened in the heart of the Corvette world and right under the Skydome showroom at the National Corvette Museum. A total of eight rare Corvettes were swallowed up in a sinkhole. One of these Corvettes was the 1 millionth Corvette—a white 1992 convertible.

Some of the cars were damaged well beyond repair, but Chevrolet pledged to restore the one-of-a-kind 1 millionth Corvette—and that restoration is finally complete.

“We felt it was important to restore this extremely significant car in Corvette’s long, storied history,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, in a statement. “When we disassembled it, we found that each employee involved in building it had signed a part of the car, which was fantastic and moving to see. It brought the history to life, and reinforced the importance of the project.”

The 1 millionth Corvette suffered extensive damage, meaning the restoration was long and difficult. Chevrolet also wanted to preserve all the signatures on all the pieces. In the end, there were only two signed parts that couldn’t be saved. However, to maintain the signatures, they scanned the autographs and reproduced them on the new parts.

Now that the 1 millionth Corvette is finished, it will return to its place at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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