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"Millionth' corvette unexpectedly pulled from sinkhole

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WKYT) - It was expected to happen for a few more weeks, but Wednesday afternoon workers were able to remove the fourth corvette from the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.

The corvette pulled out was the millionth corvette ever made.

"Initially there was no intention to bring the Millionth out, but as we got in there and saw more this morning we did feel like this might be our best chance," said Danny Daniel, President of Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction.

"The Millionth Corvette has been through a lot, but the damage at first glance seems to be less extensive than what it could have been, especially given the precarious spot the car landed," said Bob Hellmann, Facilities and Displays Manager at the Museum. "The undercarriage and frame look to be in good condition and everything else is repairable."

The Millionth Corvette was built at 2:00pm on July 2, 1992 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The car was donated to the Corvette Museum by General Motors.

On Tuesday, work crews plucked the third Corvette from a giant sinkhole. The 1962 black Corvette was extracted by a crane.

On Monday, the first two corvettes were pulled out, a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil and a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette. Crews were actually able to crank up the engine on the Blue Devil and drive it a few feet.

Four more classic cars remain in the sinkhole, museum officials say they are not expected to be retrieved until workers further stabilize the sinkhole.

Chevrolet will oversee restoration of the cars at a Michigan plant.


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