National Corvette Museum / Reuters
A photo from the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., shows a sinkhole that swallowed eight Corvettes on Wednesday.
Well that’s the pits.
The classic Corvettes that fell into a sinkhole in Kentucky — including one that might be worth millions — will be there for a while.
Officials told Reuters Thursday that it could take weeks to carefully pluck them from the yawning maw under the National Corvette Museum’s “Skydome” before shipping them off to a General Motors shop in Warren, Mich., for restoration.
Eight cars fell up to 30 feet when the floor of the Skydome collapsed into the hole Wednesday. Among them was the millionth Corvette ever built, a white beauty that rolled off the line in 1992 and could be worth several million dollars to the right buyer, according to a Corvette historian.
Six of the cars were owned by the museum and two by GM, including a 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” that landed on its wheels and was in pretty good shape, Chevrolet spokesman Monte Duran told Reuters.
He said it was unclear how badly damaged the other cars were.
A construction company official told Reuters that it would take two to three weeks to stabilize the area around the hole enough to allow recovery, then another four to six days to actually pull the cars out.
After the collapse, the museum tweeted out several images of workers rescuing other Corvettes from the edge of sinkhole. No revving of engines there, just a slow roll to safety.
— Gil Aegerter
First published February 13 2014, 6:45 PM