GM Spent A Remarkable 1,200 Hours To Restore The 1 Millionth Corvette

Posted: Sep 3 2015, 12:46pm CDT | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles


GM Spent a Remarkable 1,200 Hours to Restore the 1 millionth Corvette

The 1 millionth Corvette was damaged in a dramatic sink hole incident in February of last year. After more than four months and 1,200 man-hours of painstaking craftsmanship, restoration of the milestone 1 millionth Corvette is complete.

GM unveiled the restored milestone 1 millionth Corvette that got damaged in a sink hole incident last year.

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It took more than four months and 1,200 man-hours to restore the milestone 1 millionth Corvette. It is a white 1992 convertible.

GM showed the restored car at the National Corvette Museum, where it returns as part of the permanent exhibit. 

The Corvette  was completely damaged on Feb. 12, 2014, when it and seven other rare Corvettes tumbled into a sinkhole that opened beneath the museum’s Skydome area.

“We felt it was important to restore this extremely significant car in Corvette's long, storied history,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. "When we disassembled it, we found that each employee involved in building it had signed a part of the car, which was fantastic and moving to see. It brought the history to life, and reinforced the importance of the project."

Approximately 30 craftspeople and technicians from GM Design’s Mechanical Assembly group, along with GM Service Operations, took on the project.  Mechanical Assembly and the Fabrication Shops at GM Design build concept vehicles and maintain GM’s historic vehicle collection.  

Only two signed components couldn’t be saved, so the team had the autographs scanned, reproduced as transfers and placed on the replacement parts.

“We went to great lengths to preserve every autograph,” said David Bolognino, director of GM Global Design Fabrication Operations. “In the end, we saved every one of them, which was an unexpected and important element to the restoration.”

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