by Keith Cornett
Chevrolet’s fastest Corvette drop top, the new 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible, will be the talk of the internet today as it well should be. Somewhat buried in the press release is that the very first saleable Corvette 427 wearing what we assume will be VIN 001 is scheduled to be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s collector car auction in Scottsdale next weekend.
Interestingly, Chevrolet is teaming up with Hendrick Motorsports for the auction, which basically means is that Chevy is bringing the car to auction and Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick will probably be the one to take it home as he has often done with Chevy’s low vin and special edition charity auctions in the past.
The sale of the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible will happen at Barrett-Jackson on Saturday afternoon, January 21st at 2pm local time. The lot # for the new Corvette 427 is #3040 and the current auction description provides the following:
“A special Chevrolet model will be revealed during the auction where bidders have the opportunity to take home this one-of-a-kind vehicle. Proceeds to benefit AARP Drive for Hunger. Will be sold at approximately 2pm Saturday January 20, 2012.
Have you ever wanted to own a piece of history? This may be your chance. A special Chevrolet model will be revealed during the auction where bidders have the opportunity to take home this one-of-a-kind vehicle. **PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT AARP DIRVE FOR HUNGER** **WILL BE SOLD AT APPROXIMATELY 2PM SATURDAY JANUARY 21, 2012** “
In teaming up with Hendrick Motorsports for the auction, Chevrolet will donate the proceeds from the sale of the 427 Convertible to the AARP’s ?Drive to End Hunger? initiative. The ?Drive to End Hunger? is part of a multi-year sponsorship with Gordon’s No. 24 Chevrolet and it aims to address the growing problem of hunger among older Americans.
SPEED will be broadcasting the auction live on Saturday so make sure you set the DVR or tune in to see a preview of what the Corvette Team has been working on for the model’s upcoming 60th anniversary.