Chev's R19-m charity auction
60 YEARS OF CORVETTE: The iconic Chevrolet Corvette turns 60 in 2013. Above shows the 2013 Corvette Stingray debuted at the Detroit auto show.
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona - Five Chevrolet high performance cars, including the first production model of the 2013 Corvette Stingray, raised a combined R19-million at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, Arizona collector car auctions.
The new Corvette Stingray, vehicle identification number ending in “0001”, was sold to Nascar team owner Rick Hendrick for R9.5-million, following its launch at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.
The proceeds will go the College for Creative Studies, one of the world’s premier institutions for industrial and transportation design. The Corvette Stingray will go on sale in the US later in 2013.
Four other unique Chevs were sold including:
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
General Motors chairman and CEO, Dan Akerson's turquoise 1958 Corvette sold for R2.4-million. Funds benefit the Habitat for Humanity Detroit’s efforts to improve the city’s Morningside Commons neighborhood.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
A 2012 COPO Camaro Convertible was sold for R3.6-million aiding the American Heart Association. The model is the final version of 69 COPO Camaro factory drag-racers built for 2012. It is one of two convertibles built and the only one painted in metallic orange.
2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 convertible collector edition
Celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s personalised 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition sold for R2.4-million and benefits Cooking With Kids, a program by the Guy Fieri Foundation for Inspiration and Imagination.
Powered by a 376kW LS7 engine, the 427 Convertible is black with custom yellow stripes, a twist on the yellow-and-black colour scheme of his other Chevs.
2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible
A 2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible, the third Camaro ZL1 and first Convertible off the assembly line, sold for R1.3-million. It’s powered by a 432kW supercharged 6.2L LSA small-block engine.
The proceeds from the winning bid goes to the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, which helps injured veterans compete in mainstream athletics, including marathons.