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The folks at Chevrolet have finished fully restoring the one-millionth Corvette ever made, which was heavily damaged in a sinkhole with seven other cars at the National Corvette Museum last year.
The restoration of the white 1992 Chevrolet Corvette convertible took 1,200 hours to complete, and was unveiled today at the Bowling Green, Kentucky, facility.
'We felt it was important to restore this extremely significant car in Corvette’s long, storied history,' said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, in a press release. 'When we disassembled it, we found that each employee involved in building it had signed a part of the car, which was fantastic and moving to see. It brought the history to life, and reinforced the importance of the project.'
The team working on the restoration wanted to keep as many of the original
Chevy has filed for a particularly interesting trademark.
The American company has trademarked Corvette Manta Ray along with just Manta Ray, for use on 'motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles, engines therefor and structural parts thereof.'
There is no indication as what the Manta Ray might be and there is always the possibility it might be nothing at all.
Manta Ray is not a new name for the Corvette, as it was used on a 1969 Corvette concept. That Manta Ray featured a unique side exhaust, a two-tone paint finish, new headlights and an entirely new back end which heavily modified the car’s roof line. It also came with the upgraded ZL-1 427 V8.
So what would a modern Corvette Manta Ray be? Possibly a new trim line that sits between the base Corvette Stingray and the more powerful Corvette Zo6. It could use a more powerful version of the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8, or a down-tuned version
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