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Chevrolet is restoring the classic corvettes swallowed by a gaping sinkhole beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, last week. Eight valuable corvettes fell into that huge hole, and two of them were actually on loan from General Motors. The museum is a special place for corvette aficionados, with some one-of-a-kind cars there, including a 1983 corvette.

Why is the 1983 corvette unique?
1. never sold to public
2. engine only used that year
3. only non-fiberglass corvette

The answer is: 1. never sold to public

The corvette internet forum,, says there were 43 1983 model corvettes made. But there were so many quality problems that production was halted.  After the problems were corrected, it was late in the model year. So the revised car came out as a 1984 model. The website says the only verifiable 1983 corvette still known to exist is on display in the National Corvette Museum.

The museum lost eight cars to a sinkhole last week, but the museum director was quoted in an article on the Nashville Tennessean's website as saying the 1983 'vette was not damaged, and emergency responders allowed the museum to move it.

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