Saturday Night at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Palm Beach, Rick Hendrick of NASCAR fame purchased the first retail (VIN 001) 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon limited edition. The hammer price was $270,000 and with buyers commission, the total sale was $297,000. Rick will be able to tour the GM Performance Build center in Wixom as well as watch the assembly of his new Corvette Z06 later this summer in Bowling Green.
When we published the final production numbers for the 2009 Corvettes, we said thirty years from now Corvette collectors would be seeking out the GT1 ALMS Championship and the Competition Sport Editions due to their low production numbers. Actually, it only took one year as this 2009 Arctic White Competition Sport Coupe sold for more than its original MSRP and became the top seller on Day 1 of the 2010 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction.
GM reported March sales of America’s sports car set its best mark in three months with 955 Corvettes delivered. That mark is 331 more than February and 101 more than January. We’re glad to see the figure moving upwards but calendar year to date sales (Jan-Mar) are still -20% down from the same time period a year ago.
How well are sales going for the new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport? “Over half of the coupes and three-quarters of the Convertibles are being ordered as Grand Sports” said Harlan Charles, Corvette Product Marketing Manager for GM. National Corvette Museum Board Member and Corvette Assembly Plant Manager Bob Parcell said the Grand Sport has become the “most popular model of Corvette and overall Corvette sales are up this year.” As a result the Grand Sport will be featured by the National Corvette Museum as their fund raising raffles says Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode. “We thought we’d follow the trend and offer more of what customers are wanting.”
The first retail 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition will be auctioned to the highest bidder at Barrett-Jackson’s Collector Car Event in Palm Beach, Florida on April 3rd. The Winning bidder will also be able to tour the GM Performance Build Center in Wixom, MI where the hand-built LS7 and LS9 engines are assembled and the winner can watch the car be assembled at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green.
CorvetteBlogger caught up with Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles and asked him a variety of questions with topics ranging from the new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition, going global for the design of the C7 Corvette and if the new Camaro is hurting Corvette sales.
Corvette Chief Engineer and VLE Performance Vehicles Tadge Juechter and Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles spoke Saturday morning to Corvette enthusiasts in the Corvette Corral tent at the 2010 12 Hours of Sebring. In this two-part video, they covered topics including the transfer of technology that goes hand in hand with racing and production and again they discussed the new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition.
On Saturday, I was able to get some great video of the new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition and I’m pretty sure I’ve captured most of the visible elements that make up the carbon package. The black rear-view mirrors and piano-black side skirts look exceptionally cool against the Supersonic Blue exterior paint.