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The sinkhole that opened up at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday grabbed national attention as car fans mourned for eight classic Chevrolet Corvettes that were damaged. However, on Thursday, General Motors vowed to save the day and restore the classics to their former beauty.
The sinkhole was estimated to be between 20 and 30 feet deep and 40 feet in diameter. A day later, the museum, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, reopened and investigators are still trying to figure out what happened.
In the interim, GM, which owns two of the cars that were damaged, said that it will restore the cars. According to The Los Angeles Times, GM also donated several cars at the museum, including the 1 millionth Corvette ever made.
“The vehicles at the National Corvette Museum are some of the most significant in automotive history," Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, said Thursday. “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.”
The museum’s Skydome, where the cars were on display, is still closed. Employees had to move 20 other cars that were there out of harm’s way. Based in Bowling Green, Ky., it draws 15,000 visitors annually.
Some of the cars that were affected by the sinkhole include a 1962 convertible, a one-of-a-kind concept car from 1993 and the first-ever ZR1 from 2009.
The Associated Press notes that they cars will be worked on in Michigan.
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