On Friday at 6 pm EST, the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible made its way to the center stage at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Palm Beach. Up for grabs was the right to buy the very first retail production Corvette Stingray Convertible when it becomes available later this year. In the front row sat Chevy dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, who paid $1 million for first Stingray Coupe at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January.
There really was no doubt as to who the eventual owner of the first Corvette Stingray convertible would be. Cameras were trained on Rick from the beginning of the auction. He was even wearing the same blue Corvette Stingray caps that were handed out to Barrett-Jackson staff on the stage. Also wearing the hats were Chevy’s Performance Car Marketing Manager John Ftizpatick and the staff from the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer insitute, who are the recipients of the benefit auction.
Bidding was brisk and fast for the Corvette and a huge cheer when up when the bid reached $1,000,000. The auction replay can be watched on SPEEDTV.
Afterwards, Rick Hendrick posed with John Fitzpatrick and the Karmanos staff for the ceremonial presentation of the check. Every single dollar that was bid for the Corvette Stingray Convertible will go to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center Institute in Detroit, Michigan. Barrett-Jackson doesn’t charge any buyers or sellers fees for its charity auctions.
Hendrick told SPEEDTV after the auction that he paid a little more than we wanted for the car, but says it was worth it. “…I owe so much to Corvette for getting me into the car business in the first place.” Hendrick said. He adds, “Corvettes are a passion of mine. I love those cars so much, and to have the first Corvettes from the new generation means so much to me.”
Check out our gallery of photos from the auction of the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach:
Corvette Auction Preview: 2013 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach
First Retail 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible to be Auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach
First Retail VIN 2014 Corvette Stingray Sells for $1.05 Million At Barrett-Jackson