The last Chevrolet Corvette C7 was sold for a whopping $ 2.7 million on Friday night at the Barret-Jackson Northeast Auction at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The black-to-red Z06 mark officially broke the Barrett Jackson record for a car-sponsored vehicle, with 100 percent of the proceeds being used for charity.
Technically speaking, the black Z06 that rolled over the auction block on Friday is not. It's not the actual Vette being directed into the private collection of the unknown buyer – or at least we can imagine that he / she will be a sprawling collection has – but "an exact replica" of the very last C7 Corvette ever to leave the world – famous assembly facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
All proceeds go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which builds mortgage-free and accessible homes for catastrophically injured service members and kills the mortgages of paid-off families of first responders on duty.
"This will vibrate across America," said Frank Siller, chairman and CEO of the Stephen Siller Foundation. "This donation will build at least five homes for our catastrophically injured veterans to give them their independence and a better quality of life."
This is the fifth year in which General Motors has auctioned off a vehicle donated for life. According to the foundation, the automaker's generosity has garnered more than $ 1
] "It is fitting that the most iconic vehicle ever built in the United States has the honor of being the top-selling vehicle in Barrett-Jackson for charity," said Steve Hill, GM vice president of sales, Service and Marketing in the USA. "What makes me proud to be a GM employee is the fact that we have supported military and veterans for over 100 years, this is a great evening, but tomorrow morning we'll get back to work to more needy service members help. "
This seventh-generation Corvette marks the end of an era, with the motor-driven C8 being introduced to the public at a major event on July 18 in Orange County, California.