The recovery of eight high-end American sports cars is under way at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky after they were swallowed up by a 40-foot-wide sinkhole earlier this month.
> Relatively undamaged, a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil was the first car to be hoisted out by a crane at the Bowling Green museum, provoking cheers from around 100 bystanders.
To everyone's delight and amazement, the car started and drove 20 feet to the museum's entrance, mainly thanks to landing on its wheels in the 30-foot-deep hole.
"It's been a huge relief. It went better than expected," said project manager Mike Murphy, reported the Daily Mail.
Next in line to exit the sinkhole is a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette which is hoped to be recovered on Monday March 9.
However, not every car in the collection was as fortunate as the ZR1 - one black 1962 Corvette was found with a 5-tonne mound of concrete on its hood.
Amongst the estimated $2million worth of cars that will be recovered during the upcoming months are the one millionth Corvette to roll off the Kentucky production line in 1992 and the 1.5 millionth Corvette from 2009, according to the New York Daily News.
The museum has plans to put the damaged cars into a special display until August once they have all been recovered.
Then starts the long road to restoration for the cars, which is expected to be taken over by Chevrolet itself back at its Michigan plant, and is expected to take many months.
The Corvette museum is currently accepting donations from fans of the marque towards bringing these cars back to their former glory.