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Old 01-09-2019, 06:48 PM
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Any discussion on who (and how) will get VIN #1 for the new C8, ME, or whatever is officially announced?

At one time, I assumed it would be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson late next week for charity, as they did with the ZR1 last year. Now it appears most likely, it won’t even be released or annonced by then.

Any thoughts, speculation?

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Old 01-09-2019, 06:52 PM
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My guess is Rick Hendricks will pay big bucks for it once it is announced and put up for auction, just as he did for the C7 #1's.
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Any discussion on who (and how) will get VIN #1 for the new C8, ME, or whatever is officially announced?
Big Bertha, the car crusher at GM corporate.

ZR1 is different story, because outside of some cosmetic parts and engine upgrade, it's really just a super beefed up C7. Serial number 5-30 of MOST mass produced cars gets sent to the press fleet, and when their 1 year to 18 months service being ridden like the village ***** is over, almost all manufacturers buy them back and crush them.

Sometimes manufacturers offer up the chassis for a dollar to some of their partners. One of the companies I worked for in my past life actually bought several "dollar" cars to convert into project cars. But serial numbers 1-5 almost always gets crushed, because they're typically provided for crash test, EPA testing, and a variety of other purposes that makes them no good for public consumption.
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Originally Posted by The HACK View Post
Big Bertha, the car crusher at GM corporate.

ZR1 is different story, because outside of some cosmetic parts and engine upgrade, it's really just a super beefed up C7. Serial number 5-30 of MOST mass produced cars gets sent to the press fleet, and when their 1 year to 18 months service being ridden like the village ***** is over, almost all manufacturers buy them back and crush them.

Sometimes manufacturers offer up the chassis for a dollar to some of their partners. One of the companies I worked for in my past life actually bought several "dollar" cars to convert into project cars. But serial numbers 1-5 almost always gets crushed, because they're typically provided for crash test, EPA testing, and a variety of other purposes that makes them no good for public consumption.
VIN #1 Will be a production car and will most likely be put up for auction for some high roller to buy....most likely Rick Hendrick. The preproduction and show cars more than likely will get crushed and use a experimental VIN # and can not be sold.

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My guess is Rick Hendricks will pay big bucks for it once it is announced and put up for auction, just as he did for the C7 #1's.
I'd be shocked if it were any other than Rick Hendrick. I'm sure Leno will be nearby to help drive up the price, though.
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I'm no expert on the subject of who gets the #1 car but it seems something's amiss with getting it. I remember Dave Ressler payed $1 mill for the first C6 ZR1. Then i was watching Jay Leno's garage and he also has the first ZR1.
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My guess is Rick Hendricks will pay big bucks for it once it is announced and put up for auction, just as he did for the C7 #1's.
Yes, just another PR stunt tax right off for charity.
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Originally Posted by tslick98 View Post
I'm no expert on the subject of who gets the #1 car but it seems something's amiss with getting it. I remember Dave Ressler payed $1 mill for the first C6 ZR1. Then i was watching Jay Leno's garage and he also has the first ZR1.
IIRC, one "first" was the first production ZR1 to roll out of the factory, whereas the other "first" was the first one available for public sale?
In any case, yes, GM plays games with their "first's"...
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some egotistical rich f'k will bid on it at the BJ Circus.
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some egotistical rich f'k will bid on it at the BJ Circus.
Hendrick will buy it. He has one of the greatest car collections in the world, with everything from 1 of 1 classics to Vin #1 cars like the first 2010 Camaro. He is a very non-egotistical person, despite his net worth. The only egotistical thing about him is that he keeps the Collection mainly private.
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Hendrick will buy it. He has one of the greatest car collections in the world, with everything from 1 of 1 classics to Vin #1 cars like the first 2010 Camaro. He is a very non-egotistical person, despite his net worth. The only egotistical thing about him is that he keeps the Collection mainly private.
Yeah...he always strikes me as just a big-time car guy with the wealth to back up the desire. At least portions of these sorts of auctions go to charity, so not all bad. I actually got to tour Hendrick's collection a few years ago, and it is one heck of a beautiful facility. They frequently have car shows at the Hendrick NASCAR campus, where the main portion of his collection has a giant building of it's own, and they offer guided tours during some of the shows in exchange for a small charity donation. Cool part is that it's not even a velvet ropes type tour either...you can walk right up to most every car in the collection and check them out up close...very low key.
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Originally Posted by The HACK View Post
Big Bertha, the car crusher at GM corporate.
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Sometimes manufacturers offer up the chassis for a dollar to some of their partners. One of the companies I worked for in my past life actually bought several "dollar" cars to convert into project cars. But serial numbers 1-5 almost always gets crushed, because they're typically provided for crash test, EPA testing, and a variety of other purposes that makes them no good for public consumption.
Nah, no production cars are getting crushed. The prototypes and certification cars all have a prototype VIN that can't be sold, and media cars are generally either those in a late pre-productions run that are the final configuration (that will also meet the crusher) or early productions that get cleaned up and resold. VIN #1 will be a big deal that someone will pay a pile of cash for at auction.

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Yes, just another PR stunt tax right off for charity.
There were 3 VIN number 1 Corvette C6 ZR1's. They all had different 'prefix' designations. One was the auction car at Barrett Jackson that was eventually build for the buyer. Another was a pilot car (CTF or captured fleet test car or something like that) and the 3rd was a regular production sequence #1. I personally saw 2 of 'em and an on line ad for the 3rd one.

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