Chevrolet announced that 2020 Corvette Stingray VIN #001 will be auctioned off in January at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale. 100% of proceeds will benefit Detroit area public schools through a donation to the Detroit Children’s Fund.
Not much is yet known about the car in question, but GM did say that it will be equipped with the Z51 package that adds an Electronic Limited-Slip Differential, upgraded aero and brakes, performance exhaust and rear axle, and five extra horsepower for its LT2 V8.
Mr. Hendrick, your car has arrived, maybe?
For NASCAR team owner, Rick Hendrick, simply collecting cars no longer provides the rush that it used to. Instead, the past decade+ has seen him picking up the very first example of a car, model, or model year to roll off of the line. His absolute favorite car to stockpile? The Corvette.
His collection houses the first VINs from 1955, 1956, 1957, and more recently, the very first 2011 Z06 Carbon (he also owns/owned the 5th, 24th, 48th, 88th, and final 252nd Carbon, several of which he gave away as gifts), 2014 Stingray, 2015 Z06, and 2019 ZR1 among many other inaugural Corvettes and other performance cars. In the past couple of years he has also snagged the first Camaro ZL1 1LE and the Acura NSX #1, usually at somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,000,000 a pop.
The first ever mid-engine Corvette may prove a little harder (and, somehow, more expensive) for Mr. H to get his hands on though. He remains the favorite to land the rights to the first example of the most revolutionary Corvette in history but the hype around the C8 coupled with some hungry contenders could complicate things.
Over the summer, the very last front-engined Corvette ever made, a 2019 Z06, sold for $2.7 Million (a record for a vehicle donated by an automaker) to Daniel Snyder who also owns the final Challenger SRT Demon made and the very last Viper ever. Then there is always Jay Leno (who owns (one of the three) 2009 ZR1s with VIN #1) for Hendrick to worry about.
With all of the excitement created by the eighth generation ‘Vette, we won’t know who has their eyes on this coveted prize until the gavel falls between January 11th and 19th of next year. Maybe Jeff Bezos will show up in the desert and make it impossible for anyone to outbid him?
Check out the 2020 Corvette Stingray at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas
Although incorrectly identified as the first retail production Stingray by a youtuber, this 2020 Corvette Stingray Coupe with the two-tone Blue interior is on display at the Chevrolet display at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas this weekend:
The first retail production 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will be sold during Barrett-Jackson’s 49th Annual Scottsdale Auction that runs January 11-19, 2020 at WestWorld of Scottsdale.
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