Barrett-Jackson Auctions Off First 2014 Corvette Stingray Droptop for $1,000,000
Palm Beach, Florida saw an influx of beautiful and sometimes pristine old muscle cars, hot rods, and exotics when Barrett-Jackson rolled through last week. There were numerous examples of Barret-Jackson staples, from a Chevelle LS6 Convertible to an Oldsmobile 442 Convertible and a fantastic Mustang GT500 Convertible (who knew soft tops would be popular in Florida?). Hell, even a 1975 Learjet was up for grabs, although the reserve wasn’t met. But by far the rarest car that crossed the auction block was one that hasn’t even seen production yet. This weekend, the forthcoming 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible crossed the auction block, and Rick Hendrick of Hendrick Motorsports cast the winning bid to the tune of $1,000,000.
The buyer will be able to fully customize the vehicle before it is produced; the one shown at Barrett-Jackson was actually the prototype that debuted at Geneva last month. This is the second 2014 Corvette sold at Barrett-Jackson; the first was sold in January at the Scottsdale auction for $1.1 million. Proceeds from both cars will go to charity, and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is the beneficiary of the funds for the sale of the softtop ‘Vette. Production versions of the Stingray Convertible will go on sale sometime after the hardtop is released this fall.