The legendary prototype 2009 Corvette ZR1, also known as “Blue Devil,” became the first Corvette removed from the National Corvette Museum sinkhole—and it fired right up!

According to the museum’s website, crowds of construction personnel, media, museum visitors, and staff cheered as the first lost Corvette emerged from the depths of the sinkhole this morning at approximately 10:35 am CT. And even more cheers erupted when the car cranked up after only a few tries.

“It’s wonderful… just seven more to go,” said Mike Murphy, construction manager for the project. “That’s a GM product for you. They take a licking and keep on ticking!”

1966913_10152246493634231_1139637946_nA second Corvette, the 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, has since been removed as well. Unfortunately, it didn’t fare as well as you can see in the picture at right.

The recovery process has been streamed live on two of the museum’s web cams with thousands of viewers tuning in all over the world. You can read the full account of the recovery process on the National Corvette Museum’s website.

Museum officials say they hope to have the first three Corvettes removed by Wednesday.


Photos courtesy of the National Corvette Museum.

Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.