Rick Hendrick was a bit under the weather this weekend and instead of being at Barrett-Jackson personally, he phoned in the winning bid for the first retail 2019 Corvette ZR1.
Chevrolet’s new 755-horsepower supercar was offered Saturday night at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction and the sale was one of two special Corvette charity auctions which saw 100% of the proceeds going to two veterans organizations.
Surprising no one, Chevrolet dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick stepped up and won the right to the first 2019 ZR1 with a winning bid of $925,000. Proceeds from the ZR1 auction are going to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation which supports wounded veterans through the Building for America’s Bravest program.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is named for a New York City firefighter and first responder who died during the attacks of Sept. 11. The foundation builds mortgage-free smart homes for the most catastrophically injured service members. Each home is built with the goal of enabling the most severely injured heroes to live better, more independent lives.
Earlier in the evening, the auction for the 2018 Corvette Carbon 65 Edition Coupe signed by President George W. Bush was won by John Staluppi, owner of Atlantic Automotive Group for $1.4 Million.
Jay Leno, who helped introduce the 2009 Corvette ZR1 Blue Devil at the 2008 Barrett-Jackson auction, was back on stage to introduce Corvette’s 65th-anniversary model, the 2018 Carbon 65 Z06. He would also add his signature under the hood as captured in the following twitter post from Barrett-Jackson. The proceeds from the Carbon 65’s auction go to the Bush Center’s Military Service Initiative.
The primary goal of the Military Service Initiative is to ensure post-9/11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life with a focus on gaining meaningful employment and overcoming the invisible wounds of war.
“GM and Chevrolet are proud to honor and support the brave men and women of our armed forces,” said Steve Hill, GM vice president of U.S. Sales and Service. “Thanks to the generosity of two of our dealers, John Staluppi and Rick Hendrick, we will be able to offer additional support to some of our most severely wounded veterans through the Bush Center Military Service Initiative and the Siller Foundation Building for America’s Bravest effort – both extremely worthy organizations.”
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