First 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition auctioned for $600,000

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 24, 2012

The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction sold the first 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition for $600,000. This is regarded to be the fastest and most capable convertible ever in Corvette’s history. Set to arrive at U.S. Chevrolet dealers this summer, the Corvette 427 Convertible combines some elements of the Z06 and ZR1 models. What was sold in the auction is the one that had the Vehicle Identification Number ending in 001.

It is powered by the 427-cubic-inch (7.0L) LS7 engine from the Corvette Z06 that has an output of 505hp (377 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. of torque (637 Nm). It is the most powerful engine ever used in a production Corvette convertible.

Just like the Z06, the 427 Convertible only comes with a six-speed manual transmission. The early 427-powered Corvettes, especially the convertibles, from 1966 to 1969 are a few of the most desired and collectable Corvettes ever made.

This auction aims to raise a total of $700,000 for the AARP’s Drive to End Hunger food relief program. For this auction, Chevrolet and Hendrick Motorsports came together, as well as four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon and team owner Rick Hendrick.

The Drive to End Hunger is included in a multi-year sponsorship for Gordon’s No. 24 Chevrolet. It is urging racing fans, corporations and charitable organizations to “raise money, provide and prosper awareness” as well as to involve Americans who are at risk of experiencing the threat of starvation.

All of Corvette’s 2013 models are going to be available with a 60th Anniversary Package that features exteriors in Arctic White finish and interiors wrapped in Blue Diamond leather and suede accents. Convertible models, meanwhile, will feature a blue top.

Additional content includes special badging, a ZR1-style rear spoiler, gray-painted brake calipers, as well as the "60th" logo set on the wheel center caps, the seat headrests, and the steering wheel. You can also opt for a graphics package to add full-length Pearl Silver Blue racing stripes, which includes a tonal stripe that is stitched into the top of the convertible, therefore extending this graphic theme over to the roof.

Moreover, all 2013 Corvettes will be sporting 60th Anniversary badges on their fascias and on the convertible models’ "waterfall" panel. The 60th Anniversary logos will also be on the instrument panel gauge cluster as well as on the sill plates.

Additionally, Chevrolet’s first-ever Corvette 427 Convertible that’s offered to the public will be auctioned off on January 21, 2012, at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale charity car auction. The proceeds will benefit “Drive to End Hunger,” a food relief program. The company teamed up with Hendrick Motorsports for this auction, including repeat NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion and Hendrick team driver Jeff Gordon.

It can be recalled that team owner Rick Hendrick had helped launch Drive to End Hunger with the AARP Foundation. The Drive to End Hunger program, which is part of a continuous sponsorship for Jeff Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet, calls on racing enthusiasts, as well as charitable organizations and corporations to help build awareness, raise funds, and engage Americans who are facing the threat of hunger.

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