Drop-Top Dibs: GM Auctioning First 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Want to be the first on your block -- and your continent, for that matter -- to own a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertible? Be prepared to shell out a significant sum, as General Motors announced today the first drop-top model is heading to auction tomorrow.

Well, okay, not the first; the second, actually. GM's retaining the first production-spec drop-top 2011 Camaro for its own historical collection, but the rights to the second car sent down the line in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

Don't look for the actual car to show up at tomorrow's Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since GM hasn't unwrapped the car publicly (apart from these two photos, displayed on the company's official Facebook page), the 2007 Camaro Concept will serve as a stand in.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the YMCA of Southern Nevada. A worthy cause, but there's a kick-back for the buyer, too -- anything paid over the MSRP is considered a charitable donation (and a tax write-off) in the eyes of the IRS. If the auction of the first Camaro convertible echoes that of the first available 2010 Camaro coupe (which sold in 2009 for $350,000), expect the donation to be quite sizable.

Look for the production-ready 2011 Camaro convertible to make its official debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show this November, and roll into a dealer showroom near you later in 2011.

Source: GM

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