The 1958 Corvette owned by General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson raised $270,000 for charity after it was sold Friday, January 18th at Barrett-Jackson’s collector car auction in Scottsdale. Purchasing the Corvette was Chevrolet dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick.
Akerson donated the proceeds from the auction to Habitat for Humanity Detroit to help rebuild the Morningside Commons neighborhood.
The sale price of $270,000 was the top sale on Friday night and ties the top sale for the auction, which coincidently, was another charity Corvette. Guy Fieri’s custom 2013 427 Convertible sold on Thursday, January 17th for the same amount.
Akerson watched the sale of his Corvette from the Chevrolet display at the North American International Auto Show. He was at NAIAS for the annual charity preview and the auction was simulcast on the Chevrolet bow-tie. After the sale, Akerson was joined by Habitat for Humanity Detroit’s Executive Director Vincent Tilford who posed with the ceremonial check.
The director of GM’s Heritage Center Greg Wallace was on hand at Barrett-Jackson to introduce the Corvette. As the story goes, when Akerson became chairman and CEO of General Motors, he turned to Wallace to help him find a classic Corvette. Wallace then found the 1958 Regal Turquoise Corvette which Akerson purchased.
Photos by Steve Fecht and Paul Morton for General Motors
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