Only a true-blue automobile lover would understand the need to keep a car in pristine condition. And when it comes to the rare and special cars, restoration is taken to a whole new level. Same was the case with the ultra-rare and only one of its kind Chevrolet Corvette, which happens to be the one millionth Corvette produced.
Kept on display at the National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green, Kentucky, the convertible got damaged during a sinkhole incident, along with 7 other Corvettes. All the cars tumbled into the sinkhole developed beneath the museum’s Skydome area. But GM has the zeal to restore this rare piece and after four months and 1,200 man-hours, it has finally been restored.
And after the restoration, the white coloured 1992 LT1 Corvette convertible is again displayed in the museum and looks as new as it was when it first rolled out of the production lines. The restoration was tough considering that the workers who assembled the car in 1992 had signed on the components it is made of, but luckily, only two of those needed to be replaced.
And so the restoration team had signatures scanned and transferred to the replaced parts, hence preserving every autograph as part of the restoration process. So much so was the effort that a signature of the employee named Angela Lamb was badly damaged and could not be scanned. The team procured a new signature and added it to the replaced part, making the 1 millionth Corvette a perfect one.
Almost 30 highly skilled craftsmen and technicians from the GM Design Mechanical Assembly Group and the GM Service Operations acted as the restorers. Replaced parts included the hood and front fascia besides lower panels and between front wheels and all the four doors.