General Motors Co. and officials with the National Corvette Museum will meet in May to determine which of eight Corvettes damaged after plunging into a major sinkhole on Feb. 12 are fit to be restored.
The museum, which plans to keep the damaged Corvettes on display through the summer, may decide to leave some unrepaired as part of a permanent display, GM spokesman Monte Doran said.
“That's something that we need to discuss further with the museum,” Doran said.
On April 9 the last Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06, was removed from the sinkhole at the museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. “It is, by far, the most heavily damaged of all eight,” the museum said in a statement.
Two of the damaged vehicles -- a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil -- were on loan from Detroit-based General Motors. The other vehicles, owned by the museum, included a 1962 black Corvette; 1984 PPG Pace Car; 1992 white 1-millionth Corvette; 1993 40th anniversary Corvette; the 2009 1.5-millionth Corvette and the Z06.
Kevin and Linda Helmintoller of Land O'Lakes, Fla., donated the Mallett Hammer to the museum in December. Kevin Helmintoller was on hand to see the recovery of what remained.
“I expected bad, but it's 100 times worse,” he said in a blog updated posted by the museum. “It looks like a piece of tin foil... and it had a roll cage in it. It makes all the other cars look like they're brand new.”