Recently, Chevrolet offered two first production Corvettes at a Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona to benefit military veterans. These two models included a Corvette Carbon 65 Edition signed by President George W. Bush and a Corvette ZR1. Both models are phenomenal, and at Ruge’s Chevrolet, we are proud to see GM make such a large donation.
Combined, these two models went for $2.325 million. The money raised will benefit military veterans. The Carbon 65 Edition was sold for $1.4 million to John Staluppi of Atlantic Automotive Group. This money will benefit the Bush Center’s Military Service Initiative.
As for the Corvette ZR1, it went for $925,000 and was purchased by Rick Hendrick, chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group. The proceeds from this Corvette will benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
“GM and Chevrolet are proud to honor and support the brave men and women of our armed forces,” said Steve Hill, GM vice president of U.S. sales and service. “Thanks to the generosity of two of our dealers, John Staluppi and Rick Hendrick, we will be able to offer additional support to some of our most severely wounded veterans.”
Currently, GM employs more than 6,000 veterans and there are more than 50,000 veterans who are GM retirees. So, it’s no surprise that Chevy sponsored the two Corvettes for the auction.
If all of this talk about Corvettes has sparked a craving to ride one for yourself, you’re in luck. Stop by Ruge’s Chevrolet to take one of our Corvette models for a test drive.