Restored Vette Revealed on Sinkhole Anniversary
By West Kentucky Star Staff
BOWLING GREEN, KY - It's been four years since a 65 foot by 45 foot sinkhole opened up and swallowed eight cars at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, and a crowd was on hand Monday to watch the unveiling of a fully restored 1962 Tuxedo Black Corvette that was damaged during the collapse.

According to a press release, the restoration process took place in the Museum's AutoZone Maintenance and Preservation area, where guests could watch the car being worked on. Museum Curator Derek Moore said technicians worked to preserve as much of the original body of the car as possible.

"We are about the story, we want to tell the story, we want to preserve the story. So, we restored the car to as close as possible to how it was the moment before the sinkhole," Moore said. "The frame was straightened a little at the rear, the body pieces or fiberglass components that were damaged or cracked were simply repaired."

The total time to perform the restoration took about four months, according to Moore. It was originally donated by David Donoho, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 76.

The 1962 is now on display in the museum's Skydome, along with the other seven Corvettes that were damaged in the 2014 sinkhole.

The National Corvette Museum is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky at I-65 exit 28. It is open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 5-12 and $8 for seniors. Children under age 5 are free. Learn more at or call 800-53-VETTE.

Published 03:16 PM, Monday Feb. 12, 2018
Updated 01:16 PM, Monday Feb. 12, 2018

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