The scene was the Barrett-Jackson classic car auction in the sultry atmosphere of Scottsdale, Ariz. this last Saturday. NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick was the lucky man who purchased the first production 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. This car is the epitome of American sport and luxury vehicles. GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson had a 1958 Corvette up for auction as well. As a result of this car being auctioned, $270,000 was donated to the Habitat for Humanity Detroit's Morningside Commons neighborhood. For more about this story click here,
However, Hendrick doesn't get to take the car home until late summer when the rest of the vehicles go into production. The benefit of waiting this amount of time is that he gets to fully customize the vehicle. He will have the option of choosing any of the available performance packages and interior/exterior colors.
The 2014 Chevy Corvette is the seventh generation of these cars, and made its debut on Jan. 13 at the Detroit Auto Show. It's expected that the Corvette will be priced under $55,000 and the car will be pushing out 450hp with an available six or seven speed automatic transmission.
The College for Creative Studies in Detroit received the benefits from the auction as a charitable donation as well as the Habitat for Humanity. Since 1971 Barrett-Jackson has donated more than $50 million to charitable causes.