When the first 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray went on the auction block, everyone was quite sure Rick Hendrick would end up with the highest bid. That high big happened to also be a whopping $1,050,000. So, when the first production 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible was up for auction at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach over the weekend, who better to aim for the high bid than Rick Hendrick. I mean, you can’t just have the first production coupe and not get the convertible version as well.
Hendrick bought the rights to the first production convertible Stingray for $1 million. As with the coupe Stingray auction, all proceeds of this sale will be donated to charity. The charity that is getting the lovely donation this time is the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, located in Detroit, Michigan.
When Hendrick purchased the rights to the first production Corvette, he also bought the ability to customize his car completely. He can choose the interior, finish, trim and options, a luxury that is a given considering the amount of money he spent. Hendrick also gets to join the celebration when the production of the car begins, being able to start up the first car as it leaves the production line.
Now, when I say he purchased the rights, I say that because all of the cars you have seen have just been prototype builds. When they placed the silver Stingray on stage to be auctioned off, it was merely a representation of what the bidders are bidding on.