In celebration of the 50th anniversary of when Corvette's first appeared at Le Mans 24 Hours race, Chevrolet will make a one-off special 2011 Corvette Z06.
It's easy to spot the car with its number plaque VIN 0001 and its white and blue paint scheme of the 1960 Corvette, which was the winner in its class at the race that took place 50 years ago.
Prepare your checkbooks as this anniversary Corvette will be up for grabs later this year. The buyer is required to pay the $85,000 sticker price as well as donate 300,000 to the National Corvette Museum.
He or she gets the special edition Z06, along with a Z07 performance package, which is a CFZ black carbon fiber package including some features from the ZR1.
Watch out for the unique element on this special edition Z06 the side view mirrors that would have the Cyber Gray rather than the Black that's offered on the Carbon edition.
The car is first seen in the ALMS race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, only a week before the Corvette racing team proceeds to France to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 12 to 13, 2010.
At Laguna Seca, visitors can expect to see the special Corvette Legends of Le Mans display. Drivers Dick Thompson and Dick Guldstrand will be appearing.
Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing program manager, remarked that people have been talking about the legacy of Corvette Racing as well as the role that the team plays in the vehicle's history.
He added that one reason why a win during the 50th anniversary of a Corvette's first class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans is important is because of the strong foundation that pioneers like Dick Thompson, Dick Guldstrand and Zora Arkus-Duntov -- built for Corvette.
He quipped that these people were able to set the bar high and they managed to accomplish so much with so little.
Fehan noted that while Chevrolet and GM are now fully behind Corvette Racing, these pioneers are the ones who started Corvette's performance heritage. He added that presently, Corvette Racing is building on that foundation for the next generation. Currently, Corvette Racing is in the thick of preparations for the Le Mans, but it is not discounting the importance of the upcoming six-hour race in the ALMS championship battle.
Fehan also quipped that while the Corvette Racing program was created to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a victory at the ALMS GT manufacturers championship is of equal importance. He said that Corvette Racing has two goals in the upcoming race at Laguna Seca – to log its first ALMS victory in 2010, and to prepare the whole team for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.