Leading up to the dramatic reveal at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, GM had kept a pretty tight lid on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and likewise did the same for the convertible before it bowed in Geneva last month. But like the coupe, GM was happy to auction off the first production convertible to made, with proceeds going to charity. At a Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction this weekend, Rick Hendrick—NASCAR team co-owner and devoted Corvette enthusiast—purchased the yet-to-be-built first production 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible. The price? A cool $1 million.
But this shouldn’t come as a major shock, as Hendrick also paid the handsome sum of $1.1 million to claim the first 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe made. The coupe and convertible share near identical weight ratios, and feature a 6.2-liter V-8 engine and six-speed manual transmission. The 2014 Corvette has been hotly anticipated by enthusiasts, and is believed to be superior to the most recent generations that bear the nameplate. At the January 2013 media reveal, GM vice president Mark Reuss said the development team had singled out the new generation and 2014 Corvette as special, and therefore gave it the select “Stingray” badge. GM is donating all proceeds from the sale of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.