The NASCAR team owner, Chevrolet dealer franchisee and GM Defense contractor didn’t just buy a Z06 VIN 0001, he bought one of the recently announced 70th Anniversary cars. The special edition starts with two new exterior colors unique to the 70th AE, White Pearl Tri-coat and Carbon Flash Metallic, available with optional accent stripes in Satin Gray for the White Pearl, Satin Black for the Carbon Flash. The 70th AE cars also get unique wheels and center caps, finished in Carbon Flash with an Edge Red stripe. Edge Red graces the brake calipers and the Stingray’s engine cover, while Anniversary Edition badging graces body panels outside and cabin surfaces inside. The package also comes with a rear bumper protector, trunk cover and a set of custom luggage. And while the cosmetic fripperies are locked in, a Chevy spokesperson told Autoblog, “Customers maintain the ability to add Z51/Z07 performance packages, performance aero accessories, carbon fiber interior accessories and features like that” for more performance if they’re willing to pay.
U.S.A! The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 VIN 001 70th Anniversary Edition just brought the gavel down for military families. 100% of the $3.6 million hammer price will benefit Operation Home Front. Thank you, @chevrolet!#BarrettJackson #CollectorCar #Scottsdale #SD2022 pic.twitter.com/9eX5xOzA7R
— Barrett-Jackson (@Barrett_Jackson)
January 30, 2022
Every cent of Hendrick’s largesse is being donated to Operation Homefront, Barrett-Jackson forgoing its usual fees, and an unnamed benefactor donating another $100,000 to make $3.7 million in total. The 20-year-old nonprofit Operation Homefront exists to help the post-9/11 wounded, military families and veterans with financial assistance and housing support. Chevrolet has been involved with the charity for more than five years, donating funds and Silverado pickups. Operation Homefront’s president & CEO, retired U.S. Army Brigadier General John I. Pray, Jr., said the organization has spent around $35 million to answer more than 50,000 requests for assistance.
About the only auction-based Corvette record left to beat is the most expensive sale in the model’s history, a 1967 L88 Coupe with a hammer price of $3.85 million at Barrett-Jackson’s 2014 Scottsdale auction. Until that sale happens, congratulations to everyone involved in this one.