The talk of the town of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 is also stealing the show in sunny Arizona at this weekend's Barrett-Jackson auction. NASCAR team owner and Chevrolet dealer Rick Hendrick won the $1.05 million bid on the car. Hendrick also owns the Hendrick Heritage Collection automotive museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, and said C7 number 0001 would make a "nice piece" to add to the collection.
Its presence at the Barrett-Jackson Auction is also a big deal for Detroit's College for Creative Studies, which will benefit from the $1.05 Million bid raised for C7 Corvette VIN #0001. That amount is more than $700,000 higher than the $300,000 bid for the first SRT Viper that was auctioned in June 2012. More than 170 alumni of the school work at General Motors' design studios.
Among the other Corvette models auctioned over the weekend include GM CEO's Dan Akerson's personal 1958 Corvette and celebrity chef Guy Fieri's 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible, which both auctioned for $270,000. Proceeds from Akerson's car benefit Habitat for Humanity's Morningside Commons initiative in Detroit, and proceeds from Fieri's car going toward the Guy Fieri Foundation for Inspiration and Imagination. Rick Hendrick also bid on and won a 1968 Corvette L88 race car that sold for $1 million.
Source: General Motors, Barrett Jackson