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National Corvette Museum Five Vettes from Starts Work to Remove Three Cars [w/ Live

This story was originally on 3/3/14 at 9:36 a.m. It has subsequently revised to update

Update 3/3, 1:09 The first car—the Blue ZR1 prototype seen here—is And IT STARTED !

Update 3/3, p.m: A second Corvette, the 40th Anniversary C4 coupe, is out of the hole.

Update 3/4, p.m: The museum s 1962 C1 is now ground.

Update 3/8, 8:59 The museum rescued two additional 1984 PPG pace car and the 1 millionth week. Photos below.

To a clichéd golf term, the Corvette Museum wanted to get in the extract the Chevrolet Corvettes up by a sinkhole last month. working to stabilize the wing of the that suffered the massive collapse, the museum and construction have now snatched five of the lost cars from the via Operation Corvette Plus. (If you re here s how much the cars are worth .)

First up? The 2009 ZR1 Blue prototype, which was hauled out and fired up and driven out of the museum its own power. You can watch that event here. as well as of the car being pulled from the

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The second car out of the hole didn t as well. That model, the 40th Anniversary Edition ended up very badly

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One day after beginning the operation, the pulled its 1962 C1 Vette the dirty, dirty hole by the hood and looping a strap the engine bay. Initial are that it suffered mostly damage.

The museum had planned to stop but was able to dislodge to more from the hole, including the 1 convertible and the special-bodied PPG pace car was the first to fall. They as you might expect, fairly damaged, with the latter been karate-chopped by a slab of according to the museum.

There s no how tricky the extraction of the rest of the will be, although the ZR1 Spyder has been covered by a tarp and to protect it from further while crews work and above it. Now that five are free, teams will three weeks or so stabilizing the red in the middle of the hall and the walls of the After that, efforts focus on removing the building a vehicle lift, a hell of a lot of and, yes, the final cars.

Once they re all out, GM lead the restoration of all eight Corvettes. but not before the museum them on display in as-is through August 3. The museum plans to create a special this spring that the sinkhole incident, provides information, and features photos and of the entire affair.

Is it just us, or is this one of the most entrancing treasure hunts Watch the balance of the operation via the embedded Skydome camera below—and be sure to check out views of the National Corvette via the facility s many other

Blue Devil ZR1 First to from National Corvette Sinkhole—and It Started! [w/ Video]

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