Before and after shot of sinkhole Corvette paints sorry picture

Employees at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky have taken to Twitter to reveal the extent of the damage caused when a massive sinkhole opened in February and swallowed a number of rare and collectible cars.> The car in the image above is (or was) a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette, which was buried under tons of rubble when the sinkhole opened up beneath it. It once boasted nearly 700bhp thanks to its many performance enhancements and was worth $125,000 (£75,000) when it was donated to the museum.

"It looks like a piece of tin foil," Kevin Helmintoller, who donated the car to the museum last December, told Fox News.

"I'm still glad I'm here, because I would have never believed it was this bad. I'm not positive I would have recognised it," he added.

The other cars that met their maker in February were a 1962 black Corvette, a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 2009 white 1.5 Millionth Corvette, a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil and a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette.

The eight cars are widely believed to have a total value exceeding $1 million (£596,500), the museum revealed.

Experts at the museum will now assess the crumpled remains and decide which cars can be salvaged. According to a spokesperson from Chevrolet, some cars suffered merely minor or superficial damage while others are beyond repair.
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