If you’re like us, you’re already coveting the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible; you might even be plotting to get one. But if you absolutely, positively must have the first 2014 Stingray Convertible offered to the public, you’re going to have to head to auction: Chevrolet will put the first droptop ‘Vette on the block at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach next month.
Chevrolet has a rich history of selling its first-run Corvettes (and other cars) at auction and giving the proceeds to charity. In January of this year it sold the first 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe for a cool $1.05 million; before that various other cars—including the Volt, Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition, and Camaro ZL1—fetched at least $200,000 each in first-run form.
This time around, it’s the first Corvette Stingray convertible, with its 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine making about 450 horsepower and a power-operated top that can operate at speeds of up to 30 mph. The auction-block car doesn’t receive any special trim or treatments, but General Motors says that it’ll allow the auction winner to choose his/her color and will include a certificate of authenticity with the final delivery vehicle.
It’s unclear just how much the car will fetch—keep in mind the first Corvette coupe went for over $1 million—but all proceeds from the vehicle will go directly to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer institute at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. The car will roll onto the stage at Barrett-Jackson’s annual Palm Beach auction on April 5.
Source: Karmanos Cancer Institute