If you want to be the very first person to own the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, then you’ll have to go to the auction block to get it. Barrett-Jackson, the auctioneer company that deals with classic and collectible vehicles, will be taking the highest bid on the C7 with Vehicle Identification Number 0001. Proceeds from the sale will go to Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, which is known for its automotive design program. Barrett-Jackson is scheduled to auction off the first 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray this Saturday evening, January 19, with bids being accepted both in person and online.
“With the proceeds of the new Stingray going to the CCS, the new Corvette will also help cultivate the next generation of designers who may work on modern, dramatic Chevrolets in the future,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design in a statement. “In fact more than 170 CCS alumni already work in the GM Design studios.”
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray won’t be the only Bowtie to be auctioned off on Saturday. General Motors’ CEO Dan Akerson’s 1958 Corvette will cross the auction block Friday evening, and will be followed by the 2012 COPO Camaro convertible the next day. The other two Chevys to be auctioned off along with the 2014 Corvette Stingray include TV personality Guy Fieri’s custom 2013 Corvette 427 convertible and, finally, a 2013 Camaro ZL1 convertible.
Unquestionably the star of the upcoming auction, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray boasts a 6.2-liter V-8 engine rated at 450 horsepower and is mated to a seven-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission is also available. The new C7 is made up entirely of aluminum underneath the sheet metal, dropping 100 pounds in the process.
If you don’t place the winning bid on the first C7 Corvette to become available, don’t panic. Pictures of a convertible variant of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray leaked out yesterday and if those hold up to be true, you may be just fine waiting for it.