Over the weekend, auto banker and motorsports mogul Rick Hendrick abounding the 49th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, area he placed the final hammer-dropping bid on the absolute aboriginal road-going mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8. His acceptable bid apprenticed $3 actor dollars for the befalling to booty home the keys to VIN 0001, money which will ultimately be a accommodating addition to the Detroit Children’s Fund.
Unlike best Corvettes on the road, this accurate alternative won’t be spending its weekends addition its legs on the accessible road, however. Given its awful adorable VIN, this car will absorb the majority of its activity in a anxiously maintained showroom, never to feel the balmy blow of pavement on its adhesive rubber.
“I won’t anytime drive it,” Hendrick told the Detroit Free Press afterwards ushering the acceptable bid. “I’ll put it away.”
You won’t acquisition this car at any of Hendrick’s 94 auto dealerships, not alike at the 15 which alone advertise Chevrolet cartage and accept about 1,000 preorders for the hotly advancing ‘Vette. Instead, the aboriginal C8 will always alive in a 58,000 square-foot barn accepted as the Hendrick Heritage Center. The invitation-only clandestine accumulating can be begin at Hendrick Motor Sports campus in Concord, North Carolina and is home to 210 cars, 120 of which are Corvettes.
If it isn’t credible already, Hendrick is an ardent Corvette collector. The belvedere has been a basic in Hendrick’s activity aback his twenties aback he and his wife-to-be took out his 1963 Corvette Stingray Roadster on their absolute aboriginal date. He additionally owns a cardinal of low-serial Corvettes, including the aboriginal units congenital in 1955, 1956, and 1957, as able-bodied as the aboriginal Corvette ZR1 congenital in 1989. His accumulating connected to grow, eventually acceptable too ample to consistently drive.
“My admired Corvette of all them was a 1967 Corvette 427 big block,” said Hendrick. “That was the additional generation, but it was the aboriginal Stingray. It had cover headlights, it had the branch ancillary pipes and the 427 engine. I accept 32 of them, in every color.”
It’s alone applicable for Hendrick to assuredly aces up the Corvette he had been absent about aback he aboriginal apprehend of GM’s concepts in hot rod magazines aback in the day. The C8 ability be the aboriginal mid-engine Corvette to accomplish it to production, but it’s absolutely the automaker’s eighth attack to body a mid-engine assemblage aback 1964, including two rotary-powered examples in the ’70s. And while Hendrick ability use this Z51 C8 as a never-driven bays allotment in his collection, GM President Mark Reuss has already advised him to a amble in a pre-production C8.
Speaking of pre-production, the car that Hendrick absolutely bid on at Scottsdale was aloof that: a pre-production placeholder of sorts. The Corvette aficionado’s absolute car will be congenital appear the end of February in Bowling Green based on his different specifications. Hendrick intends to be there to watch the car cycle off the accumulation band and abundance the agent at the adjacent Corvette Museum for a few canicule afore demography it home.
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