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Corvette News and Currents - February 2015

Nov 28, 2014
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Barrett-Jackson to sell first production Z06 convertible at Scottsdale

Chevrolet has chosen Barrett-Jackson’s flagship Scottsdale event to offer their first retail production ’15 Corvette Z06 convertible. Over the last several years, Barrett-Jackson has been Chevrolet’s choice to showcase the crown jewels of their model lineup by offering VIN 001 of a new model Corvette to benefit various charities. According to Gary Bennett, vice president of consignments at Barrett-Jackson, the beneficiary of the ’15 Z06 convertible proceeds will be the United Way of Michigan.

In January 2013, the first production ’14 Corvette Stingray coupe, of the long anticipated seventh generation, was hammered sold to collector, motorsports icon, and Chevrolet dealer Rick Hendrick for $1.05M. Then in April of the same year, at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction, Hendrick coughed up another $1M and added the first production ’14 Corvette Stingray convertible to his collection. A year later, this past April, again at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach event, Hendrick successfully bid another $1M for the first production ’15 Z06 coupe.

You might want to contact your financial advisor and broker if you want to be the proud owner of the first production Z06 convertible. After all, you’ll most likely be bidding against Hendrick, who is the odds-on favorite to complete his matched C7 set of seventh-generation Corvette models and add the ’15 Corvette Z06 convertible to his premier Chevrolet collection in North Carolina.


Winner drives from New Jersey to Indiana to claim prize

1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2/2

The winner of the 26th Annual Classic Corvette Giveaway benefiting Saint Bernard Parish and School in Rockport, Indiana, drove over 820 miles from Southampton, New Jersey, to claim his prize: a 1957 Corvette convertible.

Robert Drayton arrived in Rockport on July 28. “I purchased eight tickets this year for $200,” said Drayton. “What a great deal for a car this beautiful! It’s fuel injected, which makes it even more valuable.” Drayton’s name was drawn at the conclusion of the Saint Bernard Summer Social on Sunday, July 13.

Drayton says he has purchased raffle tickets every year for as long as he can remember. He owns many other classic cars and trucks, and he says this classic will be the nicest of his collection. After a few photos, Drayton took a test drive through the streets of Rockport before loading his prize on a car hauler for the trip back to New Jersey.

Over 10,500 tickets were sold for this year’s raffle. People from as far away as Australia, Italy, Germany, and New Zealand purchased tickets. Tickets will go on sale for the 27th Annual Corvette raffle in January 2015. Proceeds benefit Saint Bernard Parish and Saint Bernard Elementary School.

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