On Saturday, we traveled across the state of Florida to Palm Beach to watch the first retail 2015 Corvette Z06 Coupe auctioned at Barrett-Jackson. It should come as no surprise that the winner was Chevrolet dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick who bid $1 Million for the supercharged Corvette.
Proceeds of the auction were donated to the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit. Staff members from Karmanos surrounded the car as it made its way up to the auction block with some members throwing out Z06 hats and Corvette Racing “Jake” lapel pins to the spectators in the crowd.
Once the Corvette started bidding, it came down to Hendrick and another bidder in the front row named Charlie. Charlie did his best and really enjoyed the moment, but in the end it was Rick Hendrick who would have the top bid and would own the VIN 001 Corvette Z06 when it was all said and done.
This is the third time in two years that Hendrick has purchased a first retail VIN C7 Corvette model. In January 2013, he paid $1.05 Million at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottdale auction for the rights the first 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe. A few months later, he shelled out another $1. Million for the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach Auction.
Introducing the Corvette Z06 from Chevrolet was Chevrolet’s former Performance Car Marketing Manager John Fitzpatrick. We say former as our friend was just transferred over to trucks where he’ll assume the marketing duties for the Silverado. After the auction, John remarked that he has singlehandedly sold more vehicles for a million dollars or more than anyone else at General Motors. Well said John!
After the auction, Barrett-Jackson’s Craig Jackson and Steve Davis joined Rick Hendrick, John Fitzpatrick and the Karmanos staff around the Corvette Z06 outside the auction’s exit door and really big check for $1,000,000 was offered to the Karmanos Cancer Institute.
As will all the charity sales, Barrett-Jackson waves all the buying and selling fees and the winner (Hendrick) pays the charity directly for the vehicle.
Looking through our gallery of images below, you’ll notice the presentation of a toaster to Rick Hendrick who held it high above his head like it was the Harley Earl Daytona 500 trophy. After kissing it, it was remarked that this was the John Fitzpatrick special – when you buy a car for a million dollars, you get a free toaster!
Here is the video from Saturday’s sale of the 2015 Corvette Z06 Coupe from Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach:
With the release of info on Friday showcasing the new 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible, we’re going to assume that Chevrolet will offer the first VIN for the Z06 Convertible again at Barrett-Jackson with the most likely venue being the Las Vegas auction at the end of September. Stay tuned!
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