As GM prepares to oversee restoration of the Corvettes damaged in the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum, we’re taking a look back at how these vehicles have played a big part in Chevrolet’s history. Last week, the team at the Official C5/C6/C7 Registry shared background on the 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” and the 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette.
Today, we’re looking back at two more Corvettes affected.
1993 ZR-1 Spyder
The ZR-1 Spyder made its debut in the 1991 North American International Auto Show. The car was produced at the CPC Bowling Green Plant and the signatures of those involved from the building are on the underside of the hood and the rear deck lid.
The ZR-1 Spyder features a unique hood and front quarter panel vents to aid in engine compartment cooling. A new tonneau cover flows from the rear deck lid into the passenger compartment, reflective of Corvettes from the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. Individual aero bars are integrated into the bodywork behind the seat. The windshield and side glass have been lowered, accenting the “slingshot” design treatment.
The CHMSL is located under the fuel filler door that automatically pops up when the brakes are applied. A stowaway emergency top can be attached in case of foul weather. The car also has accented exhaust tips and brake calipers and a 4-point racing harness.
1984 PPG Pace Car
A bright orange Corvette, this one-of-a-kind concept car developed by PPG in cooperation with the Chevrolet Division of General Motors was designed to serve as an official pace car. It was one of the exhibits on display when the National Corvette Museum opened its doors on September 2, 1994.
The 1984 PPG Pace Car was one of several pace cars that alternated in pacing the races in the world’s richest racing series, the PPG Indy Car World Series.
The car features a Katech engine with chassis by George Foller. The body is by Diversified Glass Product and assembly by Triad Service, Inc. The finish is Deltron Acrylic Urethane Orange Glow Candy.
Stay tuned for more on the history behind the Corvettes affected by the sinkhole on FastLane.