Chevrolet to Oversee Corvette Restoration

Museum Cars Will Go to Michigan

Larry Jewett - February 14, 2014 05:04 PM


The 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” was the first 2009 ZR1 produced. It was one of two cars on loan from GM that were damaged

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To help the National Corvette Museum recover from the massive sinkhole that opened under the facility, Chevrolet will oversee restoration of the Corvettes damaged. General Motors Design in Warren, Michigan, will lead the project.
“The vehicles at the National Corvette Museum are some of the most significant in automotive history,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of General Motors Global Product Development. “There can only be one 1-millionth Corvette ever built. We want to ensure as many of the damaged cars are restored as possible so fans from around the world can enjoy them when the Museum reopens.”
Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design, will oversee the restoration.
When the cars are recovered, they will be shipped to the Mechanical Assembly facility, a small specialty shop within GM Design, where the best restoration approach will be determined. Mechanical Assembly has been part of GM Design since the 1930s, and today maintains and restores many of the vehicles in the GM Heritage Collection and GM’s historic concept cars.
The National Corvette Museum is independently owned and supported solely by charitable donations from enthusiasts. It is currently accepting donations on its website to assist in refurbishing the facility. Donations are tax-deductible.