Friday night at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, the first retail 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible wearing VIN 001 was auctioned for charity. Surprising nobody, the winner of the auction was Chevrolet dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick who paid $800,000 for the black and red Z06 droptop.
On hand from Chevrolet to present the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible was Bowling Green Assembly Plant Manager Jeff Lamarche as well as Corvette Racing ambassador Ron Fellows who offered a three day Performance Driving Course from his school at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch and Country Club.
With the purchase of the first Corvette Z06 Convertible, Hendrick has run the board by purchasing all four new C7 Corvettes models with VIN 001. His bid for all four Corvettes started in January 2013 with the purchase of the first retail 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe which he paid $1.05 Million. Three months later he paid $1 million for the first 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible. In April 2014 at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction, Rick paid $1 Million for the first retail 2015 Corvette Z06 Coupe.
The only difference in last night’s auction to the other three was that the first Corvette Z06 Convertible was already built while the previous three auctions gave Hendrick the opportunity to spec the cars they way he wanted once retail production started. Chevrolet’s Corvette Team sort of had an inkling that Hendrick would be a bidder on the Z06 Convertible and so they outfitted the car in Black with Red interior which is how Hendrick had the first three VIN 001 Corvettes built.
There were basically two bidders last night for the first retail Corvette Z06 Convertible. While there was no doubt that Hendrick wanted the car, Chevrolet dealer Dave Ressler was also a party to the bidding but his final bid of $790,000 was not enough to pry the car away from Hendrick. Ressler not only owns the world’s oldest retail Corvette – a 1953 Corvette with VIN 003 – but last year he also purchased the first retail 2015 Corvette Stingray Coupe with VIN 001 for $400,000 at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction in September 2014.
The real winners in the Hendrick auctions have been the charities that received 100% of the auction price on each of the four cars. With the purchase of the four VIN 001 Corvettes, Hendrick has now donated a total of $3.85 million which went to the various charities supported by General Motors in each of the auctions. Last night’s auction of the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible benefited the United Way.
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