Beneath the bustling streets of New York City, a hidden treasure trove was recently unveiled – an underground garage housing a rare collection of 36 classic Corvettes that lay forgotten for over 25 years.

This exceptional assembly of Vettes was originally acquired through a VH1 contest, where lucky winner Dennis Amodeo, a Long Island carpenter, walked away with every Corvette model produced between 1953 and 1989. However, these iconic cars didn’t see the light of day for decades as German graphic artist Peter Max, renowned for his vibrant pop art pieces, purchased them for use in his creations.

Despite the grand plans, the Corvettes languished in the underground sanctuary, gathering dust and memories, as Max never found the time to bring his artistic visions to life. The entire collection, including the prized 1953 Corvette – one of only 300 ever built – became a silent witness to the passing years.

In 1989, Amodeo exchanged this extraordinary collection for $250,000 in cash, $250,000 worth of Max’s artwork, and a unique agreement. If Max chose to part ways with the Corvettes in the future, Amodeo was promised a share of the proceeds, potentially reaching up to $1 million.

The story took a new turn when Max decided to bid farewell to the vintage treasures. The collection found its way into the hands of Adam Heller and his family, marking the beginning of a restoration journey for these automotive gems. Some experts estimate that a few of the Corvettes could be restored within a mere two weeks, while others may require the meticulous touch of restoration artists for over a year.

The discovery of this hidden Corvettte collection not only brings a slice of automotive history back into the limelight but also serves as a testament to the enduring allure of these classic cars. As restoration efforts unfold, enthusiasts eagerly await the day when these once-forgotten Corvettes will once again hit the streets, showcasing the timeless beauty and craftsmanship that define the golden era of American muscle cars.