General Motors executives in New York City to announce a benefit auction involving the last C7 Chevrolet Corvette also used the occasion Thursday to confirm that the long-anticipated mid-engine C8 “Next Generation” of America’s sports car will be unveiled July 18.
GM chairman and chief executive Mary Barra arrived at the Footsteps to the Future gala staged by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation in a camouflaged C8 driven by Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter.
“GM, GMC and Chevrolet support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its commitment to injured and fallen military members, first responders and their families,” Barra said. “The sale of this iconic (and final C7) Corvette will help the foundation continue its good work, and pave the way for the Next Generation Corvette that we will introduce on July 18.”
The final C7, a black 2019 Z06, will be offered up for bidding June 28 at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction in Connecticut. All money raised from the sale will go to the foundation named for a New York City firefighter who died on September 11, 2001, when terrorists struck several American sites.
Vintage Corvettes, powered by engines mounted ahead of the cockpit, are among the most popular of American collector cars, here and abroad.
The foundation builds mortgage-free and accessible smart homes for catastrophically injured service members and helps pay off the mortgages for families of first responders killed in the line of duty.
The sale of the last C7 “will help us provide more injured veterans with the independence they deserve,” said Siller Foundation chairman Frank Siller, Stephen Siller’s older brother.
General Motors’ GMC division has supported the foundation for the past five years, raising more than $10 million, including $925,000 from the auction sale of the first 2019 Corvette ZR1, purchased at Barrett-Jackson’s 2018 Scottsdale auction.
GM did not reveal the location or the reason for the July 18 removal of the C8 camouflage.