Last night we watched as Chevrolet officially acknowledged the C8 Corvette for the first time with Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra driving the mid-engine sports car in New York City to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation for a gala fundraiser.
That grand entrance officially started a clock ticking that will eventually see the end of the C7 generation and the beginning of the C8 generation later this year, according to a press release from General Motors.
Chevrolet has announced that the final seventh-generation Corvette will be a Black 2019 Corvette Z06 that will be auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Sale on June 28 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.
We believe that 2019 production will continue throughout the summer and maybe into early fall and so this auction is most likely “for the right to own” the final car with the winning bidder taking possession once C7 production officially ends.
Proceeds from the sale of the final C7 Corvette Z06 will go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
“The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation thanks GM, GMC and Chevrolet for supporting the brave men and women of our armed forces and our first responders,” said Frank Siller, chairman and CEO. “This generous gift will help us provide more injured veterans with the independence they deserve.”
At the “Footsteps to the Future” Gala, Mary Barra received an award from Stephen Stiller’s brother on behalf of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Stephen Stiller was a New York City fireman killed during the 9/11 attack. 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.
GM offered the first 2019 Corvette ZR1 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2018 Scottsdale auction with the proceeds going to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation which supports wounded veterans through the Building for America’s Bravest program. Surprising no one, Chevrolet dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick purchased the car for $925,000.
Although there has been plenty of speculation that the C7 and C8 Corvettes may be produced concurrently, this official news from General Motors should end all that today.
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