The first Chevrolet Corvette was sold at an auction in Detroit. The buyer is millionaire Rick Hendrick, who – as he says himself – has a weakness for Corvette models.
A Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with VIN number 0001 surpassed the record asking price at the 49th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction in Detroit, just weeks before the Corvette officially went on sale.
The winning bid – 3 million dollars – was made by Rick Hendrick, a businessman who works in the automotive industry, as well as. founder and CEO of the Hendrick Companies, a NASCAR racing team.
“I’m the biggest Corvette dealer in the world,” Hendrick said after the auction.
The Chevrolet Corvette, which Hendrick has won, will get black paint and a black interior. In addition, it will have the Z51 performance package.
However, the $3 million Hendrick paid will not go into the automaker’s account, but will go to the Detroit Children’s Fund, a non-profit organization that supports children’s education.
The eighth generation Chevrolet Corvette is currently entering the market. This time the car, for the first time in its history, has the engine in the middle, behind the cabin and just in front of the rear axle. The V8 has a displacement of 6.2 liters, 495 hp and 637 Nm of torque.
Corvette production will begin at GM’s Bowling Green plant in Kentucky in early February.
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