The Chevrolet Corvette will be turning 65 years old in 2018, and as part of the celebrations, the brand is introducing a special edition C7 – the Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition Coupe. This January 2018, the very first retail production example of the Corvette Carbon 65 Edition coupe will be placed under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
This upcoming auction of the first Corvette Carbon 65 Edition coupe has a lot of meaning behind it, aside from the fact that it forms part of the nameplate’s 65th anniversary celebrations. Chevrolet, along with parent GM, is teaming up with the George W. Bush Presidential Center to honor as well as support military veterans who have served and made sacrifices for the safety, security and freedom of the citizens of the United States.
Proceeds of the car’s auction will be used for the benefit of the Bush Center’s Military Service Initiative. Its main goal is to ensure that post-9/11 veterans and their families successfully transition to civilian life. GM noted that it employs more than 6,000 veterans and that over 50,000 of its retirees are veterans.
The first Corvette Carbon 65 Edition coupe will be signed by President George W. Bush. Its auction is scheduled to begin on January 20, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. PST at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Chevrolet plans to produce only 650 examples of the Carbon 65 Edition, available to customers around the world. The Corvette Carbon 65 Edition will be available on the 2018 Grand Sport 3LT and the Z06 3LZ.
The Carbon 65 Edition package will include mostly carbon fiber parts, like the front and rear spoilers, the side sills and quarter ducts. These carbon fiber elements are complemented by a set of gloss black wheels. Coupe versions of the Carbon 65 Edition will be finished in Ceramic Matrix Gray paint, while convertible examples will have a blue top. The distinct appearance of the Corvette Carbon 65 Edition is also defined by blue fender strips, Carbon 65 logo door graphics on the door sills, and blue brake calipers.
The cabin of the Corvette Carbon 65, meanwhile, is provided with jet black Competition Sport seats in suede as well as a carbon rimmed steering wheel. All 2018 Corvette models are equipped, as standard, with a HD radio and a rear view camera. All models could also optionally be equipped with a Performance Data Recorder and a Spice Red convertible top.
Chevrolet unveiled the Corvette Carbon 65 Edition at the New York Auto Show in April 2017. The first Chevrolet Corvette rolled out of the assembly lines on June 30, 1953, in Flint, Michigan. The brand only built 300 examples that year, each finished in Polo White exterior with a red interior.