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First C7 Corvette Commands $1.1 Mil for Charity at Barrett-Jackson Auction

GM CEO Akerson's '58 Vette raises another $270,000.

by on Jan.20, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray #1 drives up on the block at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Auction. Photo Courtesy Drew Phillips, Autoblog.com

It was a Corvette weekend at the annual Barrett-Jackson, one of the nation’s biggest classic car auctions, as bidders ran up big winning bids for both new and old versions of the 2-seater often referred to as “America’s sports car.”

Less than a week after the all-new, 2014 Chevrolet Corvette – the “C7” to insiders and aficionados – made its splashy debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, NASCAR team owner and Atlanta Chevy dealer Rick Hendrick won the bidding for the Corvette Stingray number one for a bid of $1.1 million.

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The money will go to the Detroit-based College for Creative Studies which runs one of the world’s most highly respected automotive design programs – and where several of the stylists who worked on the Corvette program were trained.

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GM CEO Auctioning Off His ‘58 Corvette

Proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity.

by on Jan.17, 2013

GM CEO Dan Akerson will auction off his 1958 Corvette to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.

Want to buy a Corvette?  No, not the new C7 Chevrolet Corvette that made its splashy debut at the North American International Auto Show this past week.

The one going on the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona on Friday January 17th has a bit more miles on the odometer, though it appears the relatively rare ’58 ‘Vette is in excellent condition.  It also happens to be the personal car of Dan Akerson, CEO of Chevy’s parent General Motors.

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The sale will be used to raise money for Habitat for Humanity, according to the maker, the proceeds specifically earmarked for the restoration of the Morningside Commons neighborhood not far from GM’s headquarters along the Detroit River.  Akerson has reportedly already given Habitat about $1 million of his own money during the past year.

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First 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible Set for Auction

Fastest drop-top Vette ever.

by on Jan.20, 2012

The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible is billed as the fastest drop-top Vette ever.

Look fast or you might miss it.  Here’s a first look at the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible that will make its formal debut, tonight, during a special break in the action at the annual Barrett-Jackson Auction, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The 7.0-liter, 505-horsepower monster is being billed as the fastest drop-top that Chevy has ever offered – and a good way to celebrate both the 60th anniversary of “America’s sports car,” and the likelihood this will be the last major variant off the soon-to-be-replaced C6 version of the Corvette.

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Some lucky bidder at the Barrett will have the opportunity to be the first on his (or her) block to drive home in the Corvette 427 Convertible, one sporting a special 60th Anniversary Package that boasts Arctic White paint and Pearl Silver Blue stripes, with a Diamond Blue leather-wrapped interior.  It will be auctioned off for charity over the weekend.

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