9 charity vehicles, including first C8 Corvette, lined up for Barrett-Jackson

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The John Force Edition COPO Camaro will be sold to benefit a worthy cause | Barrett-Jackson photos

Charity sales to benefit a variety of worthy causes have become a signature feature of Barrett-Jackson collector car auctions, and the 49th annual Scottsdale sale in January will bring 9 special vehicles to the auction stage for generous bidding.

These will include the rights to the first 2020 mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette, VIN 001, and the first 2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series convertible, VIN 001.  A Jeff Gordon champion NASCAR race car also will be on the charity docket.

“Supporting philanthropic organizations is the very foundation of our company,” Craig Jackson, chairman and chief executive of Barrett-Jackson, said in a news release. “It brings everyone at Barrett-Jackson immense joy knowing we’re helping make a difference in communities nationwide.”

The vehicles have been donated by manufacturers, customizers and others, and the block time is donated by Barrett-Jackson, with 100 percent of the no-reserve sale proceeds going to the designated charity.  The vehicles will cross the block during regular auction hours on Thursday, January 16; Friday, January 17; and Saturday, January 18.

The charity vehicles to be auctioned Thursday are (descriptions provided by Barrett-Jackson):

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A 1968 Plymouth GTX custom coupe owned by TV personality Chris Jacobs. This custom GTX’s paint scheme was designed by Chip Foose, and Year One supplied the 392ci crate Hemi, which was swapped by Graveyard Carz in a show episode. The entire hammer price will benefit the C4 Foundation.

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A custom 1981 Jeep CJ7 benefiting Make-A-Wish of Arizona. Completely restored and built by Gas Monkey Garage, this CJ7 is dressed in a custom paint scheme honoring every branch of the U.S. military.

Charity vehicles set for Barrett-Jackson’s Friday auction are:

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A 1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Winston Cup NASCAR race car, in support of the Arizona Animal Welfare League. This No. 24 Monte Carlo was driven by NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon in the first road course victory of his Winston Cup career. 

The first production 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Inspiration Series VIN 001. One of only 100 Inspiration Series produced, this VIN 001 vehicle includes exclusive features not found on any other LC 500, including one-off color accents throughout. The entire hammer price will help support the Boys & Girls Club of America and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

A John Force Edition COPO Camaro benefiting DonorsChoose.org. Unveiled at the 2019 SEMA Show, this special edition Camaro celebrates the legacies of Chevrolet’s factory race car and the 16-time NHRA champion driver in a distinctively styled, supercharged race car. 

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A 1963 Volvo Amazon custom coupe with funds raised helping the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. Built and modified by Meg Bailey and Jeff Allen on CNBC’s The Car Chasers, the custom build has a 2013 Corvette driveline, 6-piston Baer brakes, a customized lower air dam and dual-mode exhaust.

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Charity vehicles being sold at Barrett-Jackson on Saturday are:

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A 1974 custom Ford Bronco, crosses the block with 100 percent of the hammer price benefiting Ryan Blaney Family Foundation. The custom Bronco was built by Gateway Bronco and designed in conjunction with NASCAR No. 12 driver Ryan Blaney.

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

The much-anticipated 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray VIN 001 ‒ the first retail production, mid-engine Corvette designed from the ground up ‒ will be sold to benefit the Detroit Children’s Fund.

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A 1965 Superformance MKII custom roadster being sold to support the TGen Foundation. This roadster is a licensed Shelby product and is finished in LumiLor electroluminescent paint applied by McLaren Classic Restorations. 

For more information about Barrett-Jackson’s hometown Scottsdale auction, held January 11-19 at the WestWorld event center, and the charity sales, visit the auction website.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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