Barrett-Jackson’s 2013 tour rolls into Reno, NV this weekend for their first ever Hot August Nights auction. The event replaces their old Orange County auction from the previous few years. The diverse vehicle docket includes 34 Corvettes, all but one of which will be selling at no reserve. The three day event kicks off Thursday, August 8th and runs through Saturday, August 10th. SPEED and FUEL TV will have 18 hours of combined live coverage from the event.
GT1 Championship Edition
After 10 years of Corvette Racing’s dominance in the American Le Mans Series GT1 Class, a run which resulted in 70 victories, eight GT1 Manufacturer Championships and five GT1 class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Chevy commemorated the end of the GT1 era with the 2009 ALMS GT1 Championship Edition. 600 of the GT1 Championship Edition Corvettes were planned, but the financial downturn and the market turmoil surrounding GM’s bankruptcy resulted in just 125 of the Black and Yellow Corvettes being built. So when we find one of the 125 for sale, it’s kind of a big deal.
Chevrolet had some big plans in 2009 for honoring the Corvette Racing team with the GT1 Championship Special Edition Corvettes. Built to commemorate the 10 years of GT1 racing which included 70 victories, 8 GT1 Manufacturer Championships and five GT1 class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the initial plan was to offer 600 Corvettes, however, the global automotive recession limited production to only 125 cars. The 2009 Coupe you see here is #18 of only 24 Black GT1 Championship Edition Coupes produced.