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2013 Corvette raises $700,000 for Drive to End Hunger at Barrett-Jackson

2013 Corvette raises $700,000 for Drive to End Hunger at Barrett-Jackson

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The first 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible offered to the public was sold today at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction for $600,000 with an additional $100,000 donation. All $700,000 of the proceeds go to the AARP Foundation’s Drive to End Hunger initiative.

Chevrolet and Hendrick Motorsports, including team owner Rick Hendrick and four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon, teamed up for the auction of the car. Click here for more pictures of the Chevrolet.

"This Corvette is such a unique car since it is the first of the 60th anniversary,” Hendrick said. “I knew there would be interest and we would get a lot of good media exposure, but I have to admit, I was nervous. I was expecting $300k but my knees got weak when the bids went up to $500k.

“But, when people know this is for a good cause, they really step up, and I'm so pleased the total reached $700K. We are very blessed today for this to go to such a good cause as Drive to End Hunger."

Proceeds from the sale of the collector’s edition of the Corvette 427 Convertible go to Drive to End Hunger, Gordon’s primary partner in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The food relief program generates support and awareness about the nearly 9 million Americans over age 50 who face the threat of hunger daily.