It was a sad day for fans of America’s Sports Car when last February a huge sinkhole opened up at the National Corvette Museum and swallowed eight cars from the museum’s collection. Several of the cars were completely destroyed beyond repair, and are now being displayed in their destructed state, but three cars were deemed salvageable, and would be restored. The first car to be restored was the “Blue Devil” 2009 Corvette ZR1. Now we have word that GM has just finished the second restoration project, the “1,000,000th Corvette.”
This white C4 Convertible was the one-millionth Corvette ever built, and it represented a significant milestone for the brand. This 1992 was special for quite a few reasons, but one of the most interesting aspects of this car was that it was signed by every employee who worked on the car. It is both a monument to the strength of the Corvette brand, and the people who make these cars become fully-functioning machines that we can all enjoy.
The car was very badly damaged, but GM used an army of workers to ensure as much of this car was saved as possible. After four months and more than 1,200 hours of work, the car is finished, and the results speak for themselves. Rather than replace pieces like the rear fascia and exhaust, GM saved and repaired any piece that had signatures on it. There were only two pieces that couldn’t be saved, so GM had the autographs scanned and produced as a transfer to be applied to the replacement parts. The team event so far as to track down a former employee whose signature was too damaged to be scanned and reproduced. In the end, every single signature that was on the original car is here and accounted for. It’s quite a feat indeed.