There’s something about seeing this thing in its natural state without all that computer-generated crap used to enhance photos. Then again, maybe it’s just my own personal pet peeve in knowing how computer-enhanced images can make some things look a lot nicer than they are in real life. Don’t get me wrong, I love all those studio shots General Motors released last week of the new 2015 Convertible Z06. They’ve been creating quite a buzz, but seeing that blue topless Z06 on the stand at the 2014 New York International Auto Show really brings it to life.
If you’ve been worried about that new Stingray you ordered ever since learning that workers at the Corvette plant have been considering walking off the job, there’s good news: After voting to authorize a strike last week at the Kentucky facility, it appears local union officials are making progress in meetings with General Motors and international UAW officials to get their issues resolved.
It didn’t quite make that one-million mark, but it still was way out of my reach and likely a lot of other Corvette fans. Yup, that pristine 1967 427 Corvette we all raved over with fewer than 3,000 miles ended up crossing the block at $725,000. That’s a quarter-million shy of that big mark a lot of people thought the classic ‘Vette might go for at the Mecum auction in Houston. So I guess, you could say whoever purchased the car got a mighty fine deal.
Well, you can add the first retail model of the 2015 Corvette Z06 to the coveted car collection of motorsports king, Rick Hendrick. The chairman of the Hendrick Automotive Group paid $1 million for the car at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Palm Beach, Florida this past weekend. Not that it really should come as a big surprise: Mr. Hendrick, an avid Corvette enthusiast, also paid $1 million for the first production model of the 2014 Stingray last year at a Barrett-Jackson auction.
When it comes to a car that speaks to the Corvette’s legacy in America in a unique way, this might be one of the coolest I’ve come across in a while. This one-of-a-kind classic, which was on display at the Kennedy Space Center yesterday, is a 1967 Sting Ray once owned by astronaut Neil Armstrong … you know, the first person to walk on the moon. Yeah, this car is kind of a big deal.