Corvette museum to fill in sinkhole, leave five cars unrestored

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Sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum

Preservation or restoration. That’s the question that faces anyone dealing with classic cars, and it’s the issue with which the National Corvette Museum is grappling in the wake of the sinkhole that opened up in its midst this past February.

In the months since the damage was inflicted, the museum had planned to keep at least part of the sinkhole open as a sort of memorial and tourist attraction so that visitors could see what happened. Unfortunately, it turned out that keeping the hole open would cost the museum more than closing it up. Much more, if you can believe it: instead of the earlier estimates that initially placed the cost of preserving a portion of the sinkhole at around $500,000, the eventual cost estimates rose to over $1 million.

Even if the museum had the funds in order to do so, the visible portion of the sinkhole would still require 35-foot retaining walls, steel beams and other reinforcements (not to mention proper humidity control required to deal with vapors emitted from the hole) that would have defeated the point altogether. So in the end, the board of directors have voted at its quarterly meeting to completely fill it in.

The hole itself, however, is not the only area in which the museum has had to choose between preservation or restoration. General Motors had originally pledged to restore all eight of the Corvette display models damaged in the natural disaster, but following an outpouring of requests from visitors and fans, both Chevy and the museum have opted instead to keep five of the less-damaged Vettes in the same condition in which they were extracted from the sinkhole.

In the end, Chevy will still restore two of the more substantially damaged Corvettes itself – namely the 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” prototype and the 1992 C4 convertible that was the millionth Corvette ever made – and will bankroll the restoration of the ’62 model to be undertaken off site. The others will stay as they are. So while you may not be able to see the sinkhole for much longer, you’ll be able to see at least part of the aftermath in those heavily patina’d cars for the foreseeable future.

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Three Museum ‘Sinkhole’ Corvettes to be Restored

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Chevrolet and the National Corvette Museum will restore three of the Corvettes damaged earlier this year when they tumbled into a sinkhole that developed beneath the floor of the Museum.

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Lutz’s Fisker-based WM Destino caught in Death Valley testing with changes

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WM Destino Spy Shots

New spy shots make it look like Bob Lutz’s idea to convert the Fisker Karma into a fire-breathing sports sedan called the Destino might not be vaporware after all. Two of them were recently spotted testing in Death Valley sporting changes that make them appear closer than ever to actually going on sale.

The idea behind the Destino was always fantastic. Take the Karma (already a great-looking sedan), ditch it’s powertrain and drop in the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. However, since we first saw the concept at the 2013 Detroit auto show, there hasn’t been much solid news about its actual production.

These test cars sport a number of changes indicating that development is still ongoing. Most notably, there are new heat extractors flanking both sides of its bulging hood. That big V8 obviously needs cool air to breathe, and they should help. Plus, the louvers give the Destino a bit of extra menace from the front.

The interior shots show the Fisker covered in Alcantara with some carbon fiber trim, and the transmission tunnel is slightly reworked and fitted with a new gearshift. These photos obviously show an automatic, but a manual is likely possible.

One final change for the Destino is less obvious, and that’s its new name. VL Automotive and WM Greentech Automotive recently merged, which gives the sedan the new name of the WM Destino. When it does hit the road, prices are rumored to be around $200,000 to put this supercharged creation in your garage.

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2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro priced from $41,285*

Filed under: Truck , Toyota , Off-Road Just a few weeks after announcing pricing for the first two members of its TRD Pro Series , Toyota has finally dropped the final pricing details on its new Tundra TRD Pro. Like the Tacoma TRD Pro, the Tundra will be available in two different body styles, with a more affordable Double Cab and a roomier Crew Cab. Prices start at $41,285 for the former and $43,900 for the latter – not counting a hefty $1,100 destination charge – effectively slotting Toyota’s off-road-ready model between the $41,730, Double Cab Limited and $46,465, Crew Cab-only 1794 Edition trucks. As we’ve covered previously, the TRD Pro models come with a raft of off-road gear that should help combat just about any terrain a driver may stumble across. TRD-tuned Bilstein shocks and TRD-tuned front springs add two inches to the big truck’s ride height while the black, 18-inch TRD wheels and available Inferno Orange paint add a bit of visual sass. A new TRD dual exhaust system is also standard, which can confirm sounds great (review coming soon!). Scroll down for the full press blast from Toyota. Continue reading 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro priced from $41,285* 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro priced from $41,285* originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

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Online Find Of The Day: Custom 2005 Chevy SSR is late for Shark Week

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Filed under: Aftermarket, Car Buying, Convertible, Performance, Truck, Marketing/Advertising, Chevrolet, Design/Style

2005 Chevy SSR Custom

Even when brand new, the Chevrolet SSR wasn’t the most beloved car on the market. Its attempt to mix a pickup, convertible sports car and retro styling caused to be a love-it-or-hate-it design. With most people falling deeply into the latter camp, production only lasted from 2003 to 2006.

But let’s just say one of the most polarizing vehicles of the last decade wasn’t enough for you. What would you do? Well, one owner commissioned a fiberglass body kit with reptile eyes, snout, fangs and spiky tail to create the dinoSSauR, as the dealer calls this creation. It can be yours for the low, low price of $34,988.

To this 2005 SSR’s credit, the dealer claims just 6,468 miles on the clock – possibly because no one would ever want to be caught driving it. Although, Halloween is coming, and it could be a great match for your caveman costume. The SSR has its stock 6.0-liter LS2 V8 under the hood with an aftermarket Magnaflow exhaust and a six-speed manual gearbox. It also comes fairly loaded with heated seats, an auto-dimming mirror, memory seats and more. So at least the dinoSSauR is a comfortable bit of rolling weirdness.

To add the cherry of oddness on top of this insane vehicle sundae, it’s being offered by a dealer called North Freeway Hyundai in Spring, TX, which claims to be the largest SSR seller in the world having moved over 350 of them. If you’re digging the idea of a dinosaur-inspired Chevy retro-truck convertible, head over to Cars.com and put this beauty in your garage.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Redefines Playing in the Sand

That sand gets in everything, even the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado that takes the stage this weekend at the 2015 U.S. Sand Sculpting Championships. One of the trucks on display this weekend is a Colorado sculpted (mostly) out of sand. It’s mesmerizing to watch it materialize, but even more so more to watch it in about a minute.

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Chevy announces new Z71 package for Tahoe and Suburban

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Chevrolet Tahoe Z71

After what we’re guessing was an unintentional leak via a press photo, Chevrolet has confirmed that it will be offering its long-lived Z71 trim on both the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban.

The company wouldn’t offer any additional details on what the packages would add to the full-size, body-on-frame SUVs, instead indicating that a more formal announcement that would be made in late September.

The Z71 trim is currently offered on the Silverado pickup, and adds, among other things, an uprated, off-road suspension, a locking rear-differential, all-terrain tires and a unique appearance package.

Along with the Z71 pack, 2015 Tahoe and Suburban owners can look forward to a hands-free liftgate and 4G LTE wireless connectivity through Chevrolet’s MyLink system.

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Chevrolet Statement on 2015 Tahoe and Suburban Z71 Production

DETROIT – Building on the early success of the all-new 2015 Tahoe and Suburban launch, Chevrolet will continue to offer features and variants to meet the needs of its customers. Chevrolet announced today it will offer a Z71 package for the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban.

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Toyota Releases Pricing for All-New TRD Pro Series Tundra

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TORRANCE, Calif. (Aug.28, 2014) –

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Chevrolet Sells 3 Millionth Cruze

DETROIT – Eleven plants. One-hundred and eighteen countries. Eighty-eight awards. And now, 3 million sales for the Chevrolet Cruze.

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