The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette “Blue Devil” prototype will be the first of the eight sinkhole Corvettes to go under the knife for restoration. The National Corvette Museum told Hemmings that the Blue Devil would be returned to Detroit after Labor Day so the rare Corvette can be brought back to its former glory.
Though neither the National Corvette Museum nor General Motors has provided a timeline for restoration, it is safe to assume that the museum’s lightly damaged black 1962 Corvette will probably be the next candidate for restoration. The fates of the six other cars are likely still up in the air.
The damaged 1 millionth Corvette is “not beyond saving, and given its role in history could prove to be significant enough that the cost (above the insurance company payout) is justifiable to the museum (or, perhaps, to General Motors),” writes Hemmings.
The 1993 ZR1 Spyder prototype, 1984 Corvette PPG race car, and 1.5 millionth Corvette produced may eventually be restored simply due to their respective significance despite the heavy damage each vehicle suffered; however, it seems the 1993 Corvette 40th Anniversary edition and 2001 Mallett Hammer Corvette will probably not be restored. Hemmings says that the museum has already replaced the former car with another 40th Anniversary Corvette, while the latter car is likely too far gone to make the “sidebar [in] marque history” worth restoring.
Regardless of General Motors’ ultimate decision, expect each of these Corvettes to continue to reside at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.