Chev auctioning first new Stingray

Last updated 11:38 18/01/2013

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Chevrolet is to auction the first retail production model of the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

The new seven-generation Corvette was unveiled officially at this week's Detroit auto show and auction proceeds will go to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit which is renowned in the US for its automative design program.

In a nice piece of General Motors spin, the company's vice-president of global design, Ed Welburn, says ''the new Stingray features a modern, dramatic design that will inspire a new generation of Corvette enthusiasts.

''With the proceeds of the new Stingray going to the CCS, the new Corvette will also help cultivate the next generation of designers who may work on modern, dramatic Chevrolets in the future.''

GM design already employs 170 CCS graduates.

The auction comes almost 60 years to day that Chevrolet unveiled its first Corvette on January 17, 1953 in New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

The sale is scheduled for about midday Sunday (NZ time). Bids can be submitted in person at the auction or online at www.barrett-jackson.com.

Along with the 2014 Corvette Stingray, other unique Chevys will cross the block at the sale, including:

  • General Motors' CEO Dan Akerson's 1958 Corvette, with proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity's initiative to improve Detroit's Morningside Commons neighbourhood. The Regal Turquoise roadster is powered by a 245-horsepower small-block V-8. It is scheduled to cross the block around midday tomorrow (NZ time).
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  • A 2012 COPO Camaro convertible, with proceeds to benefit the American Heart Association. It is car number 69 of the 69 COPO Camaro factory drag-race cars built for 2012 and one of only two convertibles built – and it is the only COPO Camaro painted Inferno Orange Metallic. Its sale is scheduled for auction early Sunday (NZ time).
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  • A 2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible – the new open-air version is powered by a supercharged 6.2L LSA small-block rated at 580 horsepower. One-hundred percent of the winning bid will benefit Achilles International, which enables people with disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics. Its sale for auction on Monday (NZ time).
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