First 2015 Corvette Z06 to be Auctioned for Charity, Presumably to Rick Hendrick
Since the 7th generation of the Chevrolet Corvette was introduced with the stunning new 2014 Stingray, every new version of the vehicle has been sent to a Barrett Jackson auction so it should come to no surprise that when the very first 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible rolls off of the assembly line, it will also be destined for a buyer who paid big bucks at auction – presumably NASCAR owner and now-legendary car collection Rick Hendrick.
2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible VIN #001
The first production unit of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible with have a VIN similar to the first 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe, the first 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible and the first 2015 Corvette Z06 coupe. Also like those three C7 “firsts”, the first 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible will be auctioned off with the full proceeds going to charity and this time, the charity that will benefit from the high profile collector’s auction is the United Way of Michigan.
Like all 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertibles, VIN 001 will be powered by the new LT4 V8 that calls on the help of a supercharger to offer 650 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque. This makes the firs 2015 Z06 Convertible the most powerful droptop Corvette ever, the most powerful full production American convertible ever and one of the most powerful convertibles sold in the world today. Once the topless 2016 Z06 starts reaching private owners around the US, I expect that it will claim other “best of” titles for convertibles, as there have been few cars sold in the world that offer the levels of performance of the Z06 with the freedom of a full convertible.
Based on all of that, we can expect that the very first production unit intended for public sale would demand big money at a collector’s auction, but I would expect that 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible #1 will bring even bigger due to the fact that it is a charity auction. To be a little more exact, I would expect to see the winning bidder pay around a million dollars and I fully expect that winning bidder to be Rick Hendrick.
The Rick Hendrick C7 First Car Collection
If you follow the American performance car world at all, the name Rick Hendrick should be very familiar as not only is he a championship-winning NASCAR team owner, but he has also become one of the biggest names in the world of collector car auctions. In the past, Mr. Hendrick has purchased cars including the first modern (2010) Chevrolet Camaro, the first ever Chevy Volt, the first 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and – of course – the first three C7 Corvettes mentioned above. The 2015 Z06 Convertible is the fourth model in the new C7 line and with Rick Hendrick owning the first production unit from the first three, it would be mind-blowing to see him not complete his set with the addition of the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible.
Hendrick paid $1.05 million for 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe #1, $1 million for 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible #1 and $1 million for 2015 Corvette Z06 coupe #1 so there is a good chance that Hendrick will hand over another million for the first droptop C7 Z06. That is very good news for the United Way of Michigan, but in the right situation, that dollar amount could rise quite a bit.
Say that some other wealthy car collector showed up in January at the Barrett Jackson Scottsdale auction with the hope of breaking up Rick Hendrick’s set of C7 Corvette first units. If someone with similar deep pockets to Hendrick shows up looking to play spoiler, Hendrick could be forced to spend even more money on Z06 #1 so even if the price is only slightly higher – it will be interesting to see what happens if Hendrick has some real competition in the bidding war.
Unfortunately, the Barrett Jackson Scottsdale auction doesn’t run until January 10th through the 18th so we will be waiting a while to find out if Rick Hendrick can complete his set.