Barrett-Jackson Auctions Off First 2014 Corvette Stingray Droptop for $1,000,000

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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.

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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

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