Over the last few years, Chevrolet has utilized Barrett-Jackson to preview upcoming Camaro and Corvette production models by auctioning off one the cars before they are built. One of the most prolific buyers of these low VIN cars is Chevy dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick. Last year at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction, Hendrick purchased the first retail 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition. Although he could not be at this year’s auction in person, he was there in spirit, phoning in the winning bid of $175,000 to purchase VIN 100 of the upcoming 2012 Corvette Centennial Edition Z06. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.
Special Edition Corvettes
2012 Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition to be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on Saturday.
Chevrolet is an automotive company born from racing. Many of the iconic images we see of founder Louis Chevrolet are those of him at the track, racing the cars he himself designed and built. One hundred years later, Corvette carries the racing banner of its founding namesake and the 2012 Corvette Centennial Edition celebrates that performance heritage. Due in the summer of 2011, the Centennial Edition will be a package that will be available on all Corvette models including Grand Sports, Z06 and ZR1.
This morning we were tipped about a “mystery” Corvette or Camaro that will be auctioned this weekend at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach. After digging around the interwebs and firing off a bunch of emails, it was our tweet to Corvette PR rep David Caldwell who confirmed that the 2012 Chevrolet on Barrett-Jackson’s run list was indeed a special edition Corvette.
Article contributed by Steve Burns
The Barrett-Jackson 40th anniversary tour rolls into sunny West Palm Beach, Florida this weekend for their 9th annual Palm Beach sale. The vehicle sale portion of the event will run Thursday April 7th through Saturday April 9th at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Various other support events fill the remaining days of the week. As usual Speed will be provided live coverage of event on all four days.
We got great news tonight from General Motors regarding the production status of the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon limited edition. Corvette’s Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles has confirmed that the Supersonic Blue or Inferno Orange Z06s will be available for ordering from your Chevrolet dealer beginning on February 21, 2011.
This video is awesome on so many levels. First, the lure of hooning a rented car is strong motivation enough, but when that rental is a Velocity Yellow Corvette ZHZ from Hertz, your sense of right and wrong goes out the door. But the real beauty of this video is the relationship between father and daughter. She will never forget the day her dad taught her how to do donuts in a yellow Corvette and believe me, neither will he.
The Corvette Museum’s Motorsport Park project got a shot in the arm on Friday night following the sale of the 2011 Le Mans Anniversary Corvette Z06 at the 2011 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. The sale of the White/Blue one-off VIN #001 Corvette Z06 for $210,000 to NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick was probably a little lower than what the NCM was looking for, but every little bit helps!
At the Corvette Museum’s 2010 C5/C6 Bash, GM unveiled a special 2011 Corvette Z06 that was a tribute to Corvette’s 50th Anniversary of racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Painted white with blue racing stripes, the Z06 Corvette matches the livery of the 1960 Briggs Cunningham Corvette that won its class and finished 8th overall. The NCM announced today that the 2011 Le Mans Anniversary Corvette Z06 will be auctioned next week at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and the proceeds will go to the NCM’s planned 500-acre motorsports park.
Serial #003 of Chevrolet’s new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition will be raffled tomorrow by the National Corvette Museum at 2pm Central. Tickets are $300 each and the raffle is limited to just 1,000 tickets. As of Tuesday, only 324 tickets have been sold.
One of our favorite models of the C4 era is the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport. Just 1,000 Grand Sports were built and only 190 were convertibles. Combine the historical connotations of the 1963 Grand Sports with the 1996′s Admiral Blue and White exterior, unique VIN and a one-year-only optional V8 engine and you’ve got something that is a collector’s dream.