Back in January, GM unveiled the highly anticipated C7 Z06 at the North American International Auto Show. According to the General Motors, the 2015 Corvette Z06 will be “the most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features.” Corvette enthusiasts from around the world have been waiting for the reintroduction of the legendary model and if you want to be the owner of the new Z06, VIN 001, then you need to be in Palm Beach, Florida for the Barrett-Jackson auction that runs April 11th through 13th.
Once again Gary Bennett, Vice President of Consignments at Barrett-Jackson, has struck a deal to offer a first retail production Corvette model. In 2013, the first retail production Stingray Coupe was offered in Scottsdale while the Stingray Convertible followed in Palm Beach.
Like its C7 predecessors, the proceeds from the sale of the first production 2015 Corvette Z06 will be donated to charity. Chevrolet will be donating the money raised from the sale of the Z06 to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center Institute in Detroit, Michigan. Because this is a charity sale, Barrett-Jackson will waive all buyer and seller fees as well.
Last year many Corvette enthusiasts were astounded to learn that on the very same day that thousands braved the winter cold and packed Cobo Hall in Detroit to catch a long awaited glimpse of the seventh generation of America’s sports car, Craig Jackson’s consignment team managed to not only have the new C7 on stage at their January extravaganza in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, but were offering it to the highest bidder, with all the proceeds going to charity.
The first C7 Corvette Stingray sold to Rick Hendrick, Chevrolet dealer, Corvette enthusiast and motorsports team owner, for $1.1M. Introducing an entirely new generation of Corvette at auction was a precedent setting event, even at one of the world’s biggest automobile events. It was however only typical of “raising the bar” from one year to another; at their 2012 event, Barrett-Jackson offered the first 2013 427 Convertible model, selling it for $600K with the proceeds going to charity.
Corvette enthusiasts have waited for the return of the Z06, the Corvette Mark Reuss introduced as the “big nasty.” You can watch and hear the unveiling of the “the big nasty” here:
Mark Reuss tells us that the new Z06 is powered by an all new supercharged 6.2L LT4 engine producing 625 HP and 635 Ft/Lbs of torque. In addition the Z06 will offer two transmissions, the 7-speed manual with “rev matching” and an all new, GM built, no-compromise, high performance 8-speed automatic with paddle shifts. The similarity to the C7.R is no coincidence. The two cars were produced simultaneously.
So if you want to be the very first to try and tame the “big nasty” then you need to be in at Barrett-Jackson’s in Palm Beach. And there are several benefits of seeing the Z06 at Barrett-Jackson’s besides the great Florida sunshine. From April 11th through the 13th, you can see some of the finest collector cars being sold in the country. Being a bit partial to Corvettes you can see several other ones, like a silver 1967 427/435 from Rick Hendrick’s personal collection to a beautiful 1954 award winning black convertible. What a great way to get to see the long awaited Z06!
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