SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The first Corvette 427 Convertible offered to the public will go to the highest bidder at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction on Saturday, Jan. 21. Chevrolet and Hendrick Motorsports, including team owner Rick Hendrick and four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon, are teaming up for the auction of the car. Proceeds from the sale will benefit AARP Foundation’s Drive to End Hunger initiative.
The Corvette 427, which was issued in celebration of the model’s 60th anniversary, is being considered the fastest and most capable convertible ever created. Fans can watch the bidding live Saturday starting at 4 p.m. ET on SPEED.
A combination of the original convertible model and the Corvette z06, the Corvette 427 currently does not have a suggested retail price, but United States dealerships plan to offer the car this summer. The vehicle combines luxury with speed. Its 427-cubic-inch engine is capable of 505 horsepower and can achieve a top speed of 190 mph. In performance testing, the Corvette can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds – that’s a 7.2-second improvement on the first Corvette released in 1953.
Proceeds from the sale of the collector’s edition of the Corvette 427 Convertible will benefit the 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. Click here for more information.