Saturday Night at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Palm Beach, Rick Hendrick of NASCAR fame purchased the first retail (VIN 001) 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon limited edition. The hammer price was $270,000 and with buyers commission, the total sale was $297,000. Rick will be able to tour the GM Performance Build center in Wixom as well as watch the assembly of his new Corvette Z06 later this summer in Bowling Green.
Rick Hendrick is no stranger to high performance Corvettes or to buying a VIN #1 Chevy at a Barrett-Jackson auction. In 2009, Hendrick purchased the first retail Chevrolet Camaro for $350,000 at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale and in September 2008, he purchased five new 2009 Corvette ZR1s for members of his racing team including Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Dale Jr.
This is the second high profile Corvette Z06 to be auctioned by GM this year. In January, GM auctioned #427 of the 2008 Corvette Z06 “427″ Wil Cooksey Editions for $200,000. The proceeds of that auction were donated to the Red Cross for their relief efforts in Haiti.