Have you ever wondered who gets to buy the first car in a new model? This year, the owner of the first 2015 Corvette Z06 will be determined at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in April. The highest bidder will drive home in the “most track-capable Corvette” ever, and the Karmanos Cancer Institute will benefit from the proceeds.
Funds raised from the sale will specifically help finance the renovation of Karmanos’ infusion center, which offers a comfortable haven of sorts for patients receiving chemotherapy.
“Chevrolet’s donation of the first 2015 Corvette Z06 produced is yet another way that we are showing our continued support of the Karmanos Cancer Institute,” said Dan Ammann, president of General Motors. “The funds raised from the auction will help further the exceptional patient care that Karmanos is known for in our community and across the country.”
If you’re interested in becoming the first owner of the 2015 Corvette Z06 and supporting the cause but won’t be making the trek to Palm Beach, you can bid online as well. Otherwise, we expect you’ll be able to check out the newest ‘Vette at Gjovik Auto early next year.
On November 21, RM Auctions held its Art of the Automobile auction in New York. There were some truly some incredibly beautiful cars that crossed the block that day, including the 1964 Chevrolet CERV II.
According to the auction listing, the CERV II, which stands for Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle II, is the “first known operating example of torque-vectoring, all-wheel drive.” It was used a test vehicle for future Corvette ideas, including tires, aerodynamics, and top speeds.
This amazing one-of-a-kind vehicle was sold for $1.1 million. Even with that astounding amount of money, it wasn’t the top seller. That was another 1964 vehicle, a Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti, which sold for $14.3 million!
There were two other General Motors cars included in the auction. One was a 1941 Cadillac Custom Limousine named “The Duchess.” This beautiful car received a high bid of $415,000, but its reserve was not met so it wasn’t sold. The other GM car was a 1958 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Convertible. Just look at that chrome! This fetched a respectable $258,500.
Which of these amazing GM cars would you love to have parked in your garage? Here at Gjovik Auto, we’re falling in love with the red and white design of the Oldsmobile.
You may have heard about the Lambrecht Chevrolet collection in Pierce, Nebraska, a couple months ago. This amazing assortment of cars from the past six decades all went up for auction in September. The collection of nearly 500 cars gathered almost $2 million in winning bids, except for the 18 cars that were left unclaimed.
If you’re wondering what happened to the bidders, 14 of these cars were purchased by a man from New York. He claims a trucker he paid to pick up the cars stole his money and vanished. Another buyer died, a woman from Illinois was suddenly unreachable, and one man simply lied.
Now, bidders can get a second chance at owning a piece of history. Bidding is open online until midnight November 24. What are these remaining cars?
They range from a rusted-over 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster sedan to a 1963 Chevrolet Impala Convertible. Most of these cars were kept outside in a field and most do not run; however, there are a few gems, such a 1960 Chevrolet Corvair sedan with only 1.7 miles.
If you could own one of these remaining rare cars, which would you buy?