2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible coming to the Barrett-Jackson auction

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 24, 2010

Chevrolet will be auctioning the second 2011 Camaro Convertible built for consumer sale at the Barrett-Jackson Auction on Sept. 24, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Those who are participating should be warned though that since the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible has yet to be released, the winning bidder won’t see the car before he has to pay for it.

It is rumored that the car will be released in March 2011 and there has been no date set yet on when the vehicle will be officially introduced. At the auction block in Las Vegas, what will be shown to the bidders is a Camaro Convertible Concept, the one on which the production version is based.

However, it’s likely that since it is a Camaro convertible, it will be worth the bid. The proceeds from the bid will be given to the YMCA of Southern Nevada, an organization which aims to “promote healthy living and foster a sense of social responsibility.”

The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro is a beauty to behold and a joy to drive. Chevrolet has designed its body structure with an eye for enhancing its stability no matter what the driving conditions are. Be more confident when sitting at the wheel of this convertible, even when you’re driving in roads where conditions are less than optimal.

Don’t like noise? No problem, as the Camaro has acoustical foam designed to keep ambient sounds outside when driving with the top closed. When it came out in 2011, the car’s MSRP was at $30,000. Consumers had the option of nine colors for the car’s finishes.

As for the removable top, buyers can choose between the colors of black and tan. The car also came with rear parking assist on both the V6 and V8 models. The car came in four engine options: 1-liter and 2-liter V6, and 1-SS and 2-SS V8. Camaro’s chief engineer Al Oppenheiser said in an interview that the company had always wanted, with the 2011 Camaro, to retain a coupe-like driving performance while giving drivers the enjoyment of driving with the top down.

Driving with the top down usually results to stability problems, but Chevrolet’s engineers made improvements to the design to prevent such issues. Oppenheiser revealed that, instead of softening up the suspension in the Camaro convertible, his team decided to boost the tuning instead.

In other words, the 2011 Camaro convertible carried the suspension dynamics that were found in the coupe version of the model. He explained that the usual engineering response when designing open cars is to soften the suspension, but the engineer said he and his team opted for strengthening the suspension instead.

Because of that, the 2011 Camaro convertible feels and drives almost similar to the coupe version, but with the option of bringing the top down.

Press Release

CAMARO CONVERTIBLE AUCTION TO BENEFIT NEVADA CHARITY

Car collectors on Friday will vie to become one of the first owners of the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, several months ahead of its arrival in dealerships and even before the production car is shown to the public.

The winning bidder will receive the second 2011 Camaro Convertible produced for consumer sale. The car on the auction block in Las Vegas will be the Camaro Convertible Concept that has traveled the world’s auto shows. The first production model will be used for historical purposes.

The production version will make its debut later this fall, prior to start of production in early 2011.

Chevrolet is partnering with Greg Heinrich, owner of Fairway Chevrolet in Las Vegas, to offer one of the first Camaro convertibles at the Barrett-Jackson Auction on Friday (Sept. 24) at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Proceeds from the winning bid will go to the YMCA of Southern Nevada.

About Chevrolet

Chevrolet is a global automotive brand, with annual sales of about 3.5 million vehicles in more than 130 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. In the U.S., the Chevrolet portfolio includes: iconic performance cars, such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long lasting pickups and SUVs, such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers, such as Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers "gas-friendly" solutions, such as the upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco model that is expected to deliver up to an estimated 40 mpg highway, and 2011 Chevrolet Volt that will offer up to 40 miles of electric driving and an additional 300 miles of extended range with the onboard generator (based on GM testing). Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security, and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response, and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models, fuel solutions, and OnStar availability can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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