Sinkhole Corvettes.
Article By David Gakumo Migwi


The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY experienced a nasty surprise just before 6AM this morning when a sinkhole approximately 40 feet wide and 30 feet deep opened up and swallowed eight rare and prestigious American sports cars. When the ground opened, luckily, the museum was still closed for the night, and nobody was injured, but the list of Corvettes lost is certainly disheartening. The sinkhole set off an alarm within the museum, and the local fire department was notified. Upon arrival, they found a large hole in the floor of the Sky Dome “hall of fame” section of the museum, with a number of special cars resting subterranean.

While some of the cars appear salvageable, certainly a few will be reduced to no more than scrap. The damaged cars include two cars currently on loan from General Motors; a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder, and a 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil”, as well as six vehicles owned by the museum itself; a 1962 Black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, the 1 Millionth Corvette, the 1.5 Millionth Corvette, a Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Car, and a Mallett Hammer C5 Z06.  Some of these cars, as you can tell, are one of a kind, and can never be replaced.

Some Of The Corvettes In Before And After Sinkhole Massacre. 1984 PPG Pace Car,1993 ZR-1 Spyder,1.5 Millionth Corvette (2009),2001 “Mallett Hammer” ZO6

1993 Chevrolet Corvette 40th Anniversary, colour Ruby Red Which was one of the 6,749 in the production line of this special edition were made.

40th Anniversary Corvette

1993 ZR-1 Spyder Was on loan from the museum Of GM at the time of the sinkhole tragedy.The car featured number of unique features including;hood,front quarter panel vents,lowered side glass and a lower windshield.In the background is a 1962 Tuxedo Black Corvette and one of a kind 1984 PPG Pace Car.

ZR-1 Spyder After Damage

The 1.5 Millionth Corvette,year 2009 make l,suffered some of the worst damage in the sinkhole.

1.5 Millionth Corvette After Damage

•1993 ZR-1 Spyder (on loan)

Inside Bowling Green Showroom.This One Was On Loan From GM
After Damage From Sinkhole
Evacuation Continues
ZR-1 Spyder,Manual 6 Speed Gearbox,This one Was A Killa Machine.
On Mission To Recover The ZR-1 Spyder
Rescue Mission 101
Sunk In The Sinkhole
Totally Damaged
Recovering The ZR-1 Spyder
On A Trolley Inside Bowling Green

•2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” prototype (on loan)

After Damage,Now Sitting Inside Bowling Green
March 3rd 2014,Blue Devil Was The First Car To Be Recovered From The Sinkhole, It Had Minimal Damage.
You Could Think It’s On Display But Nope,Its On Rescue Mode.
Inside The Showroom,Clean,Stunting And Amazing Car.
ZR1 Blue Devil Was The First One To Be Rescued,On The Left Is 1962 Corvette.
Rescue Mission On Going
During Display, #ChevroletProwess
Isn’t This Just An Amazing Piece Of Joy?
ZR1 Corvette,Behind Is 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette
After Successfully Rescuing The First Corvette.
2009 “Blue Devil” Corvette Prototype.

•1962 Corvette

2nd Car To Be Removed From Sinkhole.1962 Corvette.
’62 Corvette Just Inside The Sinkhole.
This Was Another Corvette Which Had Minimal Damage On It.
1962 Corvette On Display Mode After Being Removed From Sinkhole.

•1984 PPG Pace Car

One Of The Most Rear Corvettes.
Rear Side Of The 1984 PPG Pace Car
Just From The Sinkhole.
Rescue Mode 101
Still On Rescue Mode.
After It Has Been Removed From The Sinkhole.
Inside The Bowling Green Showroom.Notice The Inversed Hood Scoop?
Killa Corvette 🙂
Notice The Damage? All The Rear Side Gone.
Totally Wrecked.
Pace Car Sinkhole Extraction.
1984 PPG Pace Car, Masterpiece Of It’s Own Kind

•1992 1 millionth Corvette

By 1992 Corvettes Had Hit 1Million. Quite A Remarkable Journey.
1992,Car On Display Is Chevrolet Corvette, The 1 Millionth Car.
1 Millionth Corvette Lying In The Sinkhole.
Damage On The 1 Millionth Corvette
Vette Being Lifted.
On Horizontal Display.
Same Car,Different Years Of Make.
Just After A Successful Rescue.

•1993 40th Anniversary Corvette

1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette.
From The Sinkhole.
Display Without Any Thing Done On It After Sinkhole Recovery.
The Rear Side.
Scratches On The Corvette
Ruby Red On The 40th Anniversary Corvette.
No Serious Damage Compared To The Mallett Hammer And the 1.5 Millionth Corvette.

•2001 “Mallett Hammer” Z06

2001 Mallett Hammer Corvette. This Is Just A Wow Piece.
Mallett Hammer Was The Last Corvette To Be Rescued,It Also Suffered The Worst Damage. April 9 2014. Barely 37 Days After The Blue Devil Was Removed From The Same Sinkhole.
Mallett Hammer Was Buried Deep Inside The Soil.
You Can Clearly See The Damage How it impacted On The Mallett Hammer Corvette.
Some Of The Remains From The Car Body. (Mallett Corvette)
Mallett Corvette Being Pulled Out Of The Sinkhole.
Inside Bowling Green ShowRoom.

•2009 1.5 millionth Corvette.

Another Car That Suffered Damage Was This One,1.5 Million Corvette.
On Display, Behind Is The Counterpart,Mallett Corvette.
April 3rd 2014
This Was The Second Last Car To Be Removed.One Month After The First Corvette (Blue Devil) Was Removed From The Same Sinkhole.
On Display Inside Bowling Green Showroom.

On March 3, 2014, the 2009 Blue Devil was the first car recovered and despite significant damage was started and driven out of the Sky dome. The 1.5 millionth Corvette and Mallet Corvette were the last cars pulled from the sinkhole, on April 3 and April 9, respectively – after workers were initially unable to find them amid the collapsed earth.

All Photos Are Credit To The Owners.

1967 Ghia 450 SS

Known more for their role in lending a design edge to some Fords and Volkswagens over the years, Ghia developed a few of their own cars years ago, albeit in small numbers. The 450SS was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro during his stint at the design firm.

Unveiled at the 1966 Turin International Auto Show, it was produced through 1967, with a limited number of 52 being built by hand. These cars were built on a Plymouth Barracuda chassis and were powered by Chrysler’s 273 V8 mated to a 3-speed Torqueflite transmission. Rarer than most Italian exotics, these Ghias are certainly attention getters and one of the most elegant looking roadsters of the period.

Year: 1967
Model: 450SS
Engine: 4.8 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: N/A
Price: Reserve auction

Carriage House Motor Cars is pleased to offer a very special and unusual 1967 Ghia 450 SS for bid. This car is 1 of 52 ever produced and one of less than half that number known to still exist.

It features it’s original 273 Formula S Plymouth Barracuda V8 and 3 Speed TorqueFlite Automatic Transmission. The vision of Hollywood producer Burt Sugarman, these cars were produced for only a couple of years (1966-67) and were sold for the staggering sum at that time of $13,000. Giorgetto Giugiaro designed the original concept known as the Ghia GT based on a Fiat 2100 chassis and proudly displayed the car at the 1966 Turin Automobile Show.

This example was the property of a prominent collector here in the New York Area and originally a rust free car from Southern California. Cosmetically superb with very nice paint and chrome, Borrani Wire Wheels that were just detailed and the optional factory hardtop.

The soft top is good condition and a very nice original leather interior. Mechanically the car is very nice with a smooth running original Barracuda drivetrain featuring the Formula S V8 and 3 Speed Torqueflite Automatic Transmission. This car is sold as is and for further information, please call Scott at 914-450-0568. Carriage House Motor Cars

1965 Mercer Cobra Roadster.

1965 Mercer-Cobra Roadster

Mercer was an American automobile manufacturer that produced cars before World War II.

The stunning Mercer Cobra Roadster was a one-off vehicle commissioned by the Copper Development Association.

“Its design was drawn up by Virgil Exner and Virgil Exner, Jr. and was built using a Shelby Cobra chassis, and can be found on the Shelby American World Registry as sold through Shelby American in February 1964.

Not only did Shelby provide the chassis, but the company also provided the engine and gearbox.”

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1960 Vespa 400

The 1960 Vespa 400 were Two Door Coupe Which Were Two Sitters
They Were Rear Wheel Driven.

In Italian Vespa means wasp, which couldnt be more appropriate for this bright yellow and black Vespa 400 coupe.

Introduced in 1957 and engineered by Piaggio, the Italian manufacturer of the ubiquitous motor scooters which inspired a generation of La Dolce Vita, the Vespa automobile was built in Piaggios French factory. A rear-mounted 393cc 2-stroke twin produced 20 brake horsepower and drove through a 3-speed transmission to the rear wheels.

Only one body style was offered, a 2-door coupe with folding fabric sunroof, but it weighed only 850 pounds at the curb.

It was only 112 long; two could fit comfortably perpendicular to the curb in an average American parking space. Good performance encouraged weight loss by its occupants — a couple of generous sized Americans could increase a Vespa 440s mass by 50%. In other word, a Vespa 400 is small.

Finished, as mentioned, in yellow with a black folding roof, black upholstery and interior trim piped in yellow, this little wasp has been cosmetically redone recently with fresh paint, upholstery and a detailed engine compartment. It is much more unusual than Isettas, Jollys and Fiat 500s and will bring smiles and cheery waves from onlookers wherever it appears. It is ideal for running errands, weekend jaunts or as a shore tender for classic yachts. In a vehicle this small (and it is small) packaging is a challenge, so if youre looking for the battery, its on a tray that slides out from between the headlights.

Realistically, most of these Vespa microcars tend to sell in the $15,000 to $23,000 range. This 400 appears to be a very tidy example, but is priced quite a bit outside the normal range. There are those rare instances where cars, such as the Amphicar back at Barrett Jackson a few years ago, brought serious money. Perhaps a city dweller that is well to do and needs something small and efficient for around town driving would be willing to pay top dollar for the best example of a Vespa automobile that he can find. Time can only tell.

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1957 Peerless GT

1957 Peerless GT
The Peerless was a British car made by Peerless Cars Ltd. of Slough, Berkshire, between 1957 and
1960, when the company failed.

The company was resurrected by one of the original founders, Bernie Rodger as Bernard Roger Developments Ltd and marketed as the Warwick from a base in Colnbrook, Buckinghamshire, between 1960 and 1962. Bernie Rodger restarted production of the car as the Warwick with minor changes to the appearance, a
one-piece forward hingeing front end, a stiffer space-frame chassis and a revised dashboard. Although listed from 1960–62, only about 40 are thought to have been produced. A car was tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1961 and had a top speed of 105.3 mph (169.5 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 12.6 seconds.

A fuel consumption of 32 miles per imperial gallon (8.8 L/100 km; 27 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £16666
including taxes. Two prototypes of a successor car, the 3.5 Litre or 305GT, were made in 1961 and featured the
light alloy Buick V8 engine that was later taken up by Rover. John Gordon, together with Jim Keeble (who had
previously inserted a Buick V-8 engine into a Peerless), subsequently used the Peerless space-frame as the basis for a Chevrolet-powered car with Giugiaro-designed, Bertone-built bodywork, initially shown in 1960 as the Gordon GT, and which eventually reached production in 1964 as the Gordon Keeble.

Chevrolet Impala

The Impala was introduced for the 1958 model year as top of the line Bel Air hardtops and convertibles. From the windshield pillar rearward, the 1958 Bel Air Impala differed structurally from the lower-priced Chevrolet models. Hardtops had a slightly shorter greenhouse and longer rear deck. The wheelbase of the Impala was longer than the lower priced models, although the overall length was identical. Interiors held a two-spoke steering wheel and color-keyed door panels with brushed aluminum trim. No other series included a convertible.

The 1958 models were longer, lower, and wider than its predecessors.[7] The tailfins of the 1957 were replaced by deeply sculptured rear fenders. Impalas has three taillights each side, while lesser models had two and wagons just one. Crossed-flag insignias were attached above the side moldings, as well as bright rocker moldings and dummy rear-fender scoops. 1958 was the first year of dual headlamps.

For 1958, GM was promoting their fiftieth year of production, and introduced Anniversary models for each brand; Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Chevrolet.[8] The 1958 models shared a common appearance on the top models for each brand; Cadillac Eldorado Seville, Buick Roadmaster Riviera, Oldsmobile Holiday 88, Pontiac Bonneville Catalina, and the all-new Chevrolet Bel-Air Impala.

The standard perimeter-type frame was abandoned, replaced by a unit with rails laid out in the form of an elongated “X.” Chevrolet claimed that the new frame offered increased torsional rigidity[6] and allowed for a lower placement of the passenger compartment. This was a transitional step between traditional construction and the later fully unitized body/chassis, the body structure was strengthened in the rocker panels and firewall.[9] However, this frame was not as effective in protecting the interior structure in a side impact crash, as a traditional perimeter frame.

A coil spring suspension replaced the previous year’s rear leaf springs, and an air ride system was optional. A 283 cu in (4,640 cc) engine was the standard V8, with ratings that ranged from 185 to 290 horsepower. A “W” block (not to be confused with the big-block) 348 cu in (5,700 cc) Turbo-Thrust V8 was optional, producing 250 hp (190 kW), 280 hp (210 kW), or 315 hp (235 kW). The Ramjet fuel injection was available as an option for the Turbo-Fire 283 V8, not popular in 1958.

A total of 55,989 Impala convertibles and 125,480 coupes were built representing 15 percent of Chevrolet production. The 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala helped Chevrolet regain the number one production spot in this recession year.

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Sport Coupe

Third Generation
The Impala was restyled on the GM B platform for the first time for 1961. The new body styling was more trim and boxy than the 1958–1960 models. Sport Coupe models featured a “bubbleback” roof line style for 1961, and a unique model, the 2-door pillared sedan, was available for 1961 only. It was rarely ordered and a scarce collectible today. The rare Super Sport (SS) option debuted for 1961. This was also the last year the top station wagon model would bear the Nomad name. Power brakes were $43.[13]

1962 Edit
The 1962 model featured new “C” pillar styling for all models except the 4-door hardtop. Sport Coupe models now featured the “convertible roof” styling, shared with other GM “B” full-size hardtop coupes. This style proved extremely popular, and contributed to the desirability of the 1962–1964 Impalas as collectibles. The “overhang” roof style of the sedans was replaced with a more attractive, wider “C” pillar with wraparound rear window. Engine choices for 1962 settled down, the 348-cubic-inch (5.7 L) V8 discontinued and replaced by the 380 brake horsepower (280 kW) 409-cubic-inch (6.7 L)or 409 bhp 409 cubic inch engine. These engines could only be ordered with a manual shift transmission. The small-block 283 was offered with a two barrel carburetor. The 283 was also enlarged to 327 cubic inches (5.4 L),offered in two versions, one with 250 brake horse power and one with 300 brake horse power. Which added more engine choices for small-block fans. The Beach Boys produced a hit single, “409,” referring to the Chevrolet, which became an iconic song for these cars. Impalas again featured premium interior appointments, plusher seats pillar mounted seat belts as well as lap belts also this could be done by the dealerships on customer request.And more chrome trim outside, including a full-width aluminum-and-chrome panel to house the triple-unit taillight assembly. Super Sport (SS) models featured that panel in a special engine-turned aluminum, which was also used to fill the side moldings, making the SS more distinctive in appearance. Impala also gains the top station wagon after the Chevrolet Nomad is gone. Due to reliability problems, the optional Turboglide automatic transmission was discontinued, leaving Powerglide the only automatic transmission available until 1965. A new radio was optional.[11]

1963 Edit

1963 Impala SS Hardtop Sport Coupe
The 1963 Impala featured rectilinear styling with an engine-turned aluminum rear taillight panel surrounded by a chrome border on SS models. Engine choice was similar to 1962, with the small-block 283-and-327-cubic-inch (4.6 and 5.4 L) V8s most popular. The Sport Sedan featured a new, creased roof line. A new “coved” instrument panel with simple indicator lights for hot and cold engine conditions. An optional factory tachometer was built into the dashboard, just above the steering wheel; it was rarely ordered.

1964 Edit
For 1964, the Impala was restyled to a more rounded, softer look. The signature taillight assembly had an “upside-down U” shaped aluminum trim strip above the taillights, but the individual lights were surrounded by a body-colored panel. The 409-cubic-inch (6.7 L) returned as the big-block option, as well as the 2X4 carburetor setup for the 425 horsepower motors. SS models continued to feature the engine-turned aluminum trim. Rooflines were carried over from 1963 unchanged. Back-up lights were standard.

Right hand drive cars were made at GM’s Oshawa plant in Canada and often shipped overseas in kit form for assembly in South Africa and New Zealand. The RHD cars — Chevrolet or equivalent Pontiac (built on Chevrolet frames and using Chevrolet engines in Canada) — all used a right hand drive version of the left hand drive 1961 Pontiac dashboard.

Fourth Generation
Redesigned in 1965, the Impala set an all-time industry annual sales record of more than 1 million units in the U.S.. All new full-size Chevrolets eschewed the “X” frame for a full-width perimeter frame, a new body which featured curved, frameless side glass (for pillarless models), sharper angled windshield with newly reshaped vent windows, and redesigned full-coil suspension.

1966 Impala SS Convertible
In 1965 Chevrolet introduced the Impala Caprice, exclusively as a four-door hardtop. Caprices received tufted upholstery, wood grained accents on the dashboard and specialty pulls on the insides of the doors. This “halo” model also featured the “spinner” wheel covers from the Impala SS, with the “SS” logo centers replaced by a Chevrolet “bowtie” emblem. The Super Sport’s blackout rear trim strip below the triple taillights was also used, with the “Impala SS” emblem deleted of course. The Caprice Custom was reintroduced as the Chevrolet Caprice in 1966, taking the top position in the full-size Chevrolet lineup.

Engine choices included the inline six-cylinder as well as the small-block and big-block V8s. A newly three-range Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission was optional for 396 cu in (6.5 L) V8. The old 409-cubic-inch (6.7 L) “W” engine was discontinued early in the 1965 model year, so early-production 1965s got the 409, as well as 1/10 of 1% had the 396 CID big-block. Other later-built cars had the 396-cubic-inch (6.5 L) as the big-block option. Two-speed Powerglide, as well as 3- and 4-speed manual transmissions were available. As with previous years, Impalas featured more chrome trim inside and out, with pleated tufted upholstery and door panels. The Impala would be the #2-selling convertible in the U.S. in 1966, with 38,000 sold; it was beaten by the Mustang by almost 2:1.[18]

The 1967 model was redesigned with enhanced Coke bottle styling which featured Corvette-inspired front and rear fender bulges. The curves were the most pronounced with the 1967–1968 models. In keeping with federal regulations, safety features were built into Impalas during the 1967 and 1968 model years, including a fully collapsible energy-absorbing steering column, side marker lights, and shoulder belts for closed models. A black 1967 Sport Sedan 4-door hardtop was used in the television series Supernatural, and as such, this model has seen a substantial increase in value to collectors.

1968 Impala Sport Coupe
The 1968 model was facelifted with a new front end, The new rear bumper housed triple “horseshoe” shaped taillights. 1968 also saw a new Impala model, the Custom Coupe. This two-door hardtop featured the same formal roofline as the Caprice Coupe. It was a huge commercial success and would be continued right through 1976.

The 1969 Impala and other full-sized Chevrolets got new slab-sided bodies with a small “upsweep” at the rear quarter window, giving them a more formal appearance. It retained the 119-inch wheelbase from previous models. New front bumpers that wrapped around the grille and horizontal taillights were in the rear bumper. The hardtop Sport Coupe got a new, crisply styled notchback roofline, replacing the “fastback” C-pillar from 1967 to 1968. Ventless front windows were used on all models. Chevrolet had a rudimentary “power vent” system featuring vents in the instrument panel. The ignition switch was moved from the instrument panel to the steering column, and when the key was removed, the steering wheel and shift lever were locked.

The 1969 model year Impala production topped Caprice production by 611,000 units. Impala station wagons were renamed Kingswood, a name which would continue through 1972. The similar 1970 Impala got a minor facelift featuring a more conventional under the grille bumper replacing the wrap-around unit used in 1969 along with new triple vertical taillights in the rear bumper. Canadian buyers got the choice of a lower priced companion to the Impala Sport Coupe, the Bel Air Sport Coupe, which used the same body but featured Bel Air trim.