One of the headliner cars set
to cross the block at Barrett-Jackson’s fourth annual Northeast Auction is not
a classic car – yet. It’s not even a
collector car – yet.
And Barrett-Jackson won’t
make a dime off its sale, even though it’s expected to go well into seven
But the car is a piece of
automotive history: the last 2019 Chevrolet Corvette, the final C7 to roll out
of the assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. And by extension, the last front-engine
edition of Chevy’s iconic fiberglass sports car after 66 years of production.
For the 2020 model, Corvette
goes mid-engine, its booming performance V8 mounted behind the seats in the
style of high-priced exotics from Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren and
others. Corvette will compete head-on
with those top dogs, though undoubtedly bearing a much-more-achievable price
All proceeds from the sale of the final C7 will benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which supports the nation’s first responders and catastrophically injured service members. The charity is named for one of the many New York City firefighters who gave their lives at the Twin Towers disaster on 9/11.
“We’re honored that General
Motors chose our Northeast Auction to sell this historic Corvette in support of
the vitally important Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation,” Craig
and chief executive of the auction company, said in a news release. “Where one
chapter ends, another begins.
“The sale of this final
production C7 Corvette Z06 will be the opportunity of a lifetime to own a piece
of automotive history. While it marks the end of an era, it also ushers in the
beginning of the next generation of America’s favorite sports car.”
The last C7 Corvette is a very special one, a Z06 coupe in Black with the premium 3LZ trim level and powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 producing 650 horsepower linked with a 7-speed manual transmission. Also on board will be a custom leather-wrapped interior package, Performance Data Recorder, navigation and Brembo brakes.
“Barrett-Jackson and General Motors made history when we sold the first-production C7 Stingray in 2013,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “I can’t think of a better way to usher in a new generation of Corvette than with the entire hammer price benefiting our nation’s bravest heroes.”
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to
Towers Foundation, established in 2002, conducts programs to support first
responders in need and disabled military members.
One of the most critical
programs is Building for America’s Bravest, which builds smart homes for
catastrophically injured service members returning home.
“Each home is custom designed
to address the unique needs of each individual,” according to the foundation. “Energy-efficient,
automated and easily accessible, these homes use ‘adaptive technology’ to help
severely injured heroes live better, more-independent lives.”
Barrett-Jackson’s auction cars span the range of the hobby, from entry-level hobby cars to high-end classics, customs and modern exotics. The Northeast auction is the newest of the company’s four annual events, including the signature Scottsdale Auction that marks its 49th year in January 2020.
For more information, visit the auction website.