First 2014 Corvette drop-top brings $1 million at charity auction
The very first production example of the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible was auctioned off for charity at a Barrett-Jackson event in Palm Beach, Florida, this past weekend for a cool $1 million. Proceeds of the sale will go to support the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of just 40 operations in the U.S. designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute.
The winning bid for this yet-to-be-built vehicle -- VIN# 0001 -- was placed by famed automotive mover and shaker Rick Hendrick, himself a cancer survivor. In addition to running a mega-network of dealerships as well as an incredibly successful NASCAR Sprint Cup operation, Hendrick also happens to be one of the country's best-known collectors of first-issue high-performance Chevrolet models. This new Stingray drop-top will be joining Hendrick's other recent "C7" acquisition - the first production 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe, which was purchased during a Barrett-Jackson charity auction last January in Scottsdale, Arizona, for $1.05 million.
The "Job 1" builds for both of these landmark vehicles won't take place until later this year when the assembly line at the dedicated Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, reopens. As part of the winning bid, Hendrick will be allowed to choose the color and options for his 2014 Corvette Convertible. During the past several years, Hendrick's acquisition list of first-production Chevy models includes the initial 2010 Camaro SS, 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition, 2011 Camaro SS Convertible and the first 2012 ZL1 Camaro.
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