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The first Collector Edition has been sold at auction with proceeds to benefit the AARP Drive to End Hunger program.
Chevy had announced they would debut the 2013 Chevy Corvette 427 Convertible in addition to the 2013 Corvette 60th Anniversary Package at the Barrett Jackson event, but auctioning one off for charity was a welcome surprise. The VIN number ending in 001 was up for auction, at the heart of which lies a 427-cubic-inch 7.0-liter LS7 engine from the Z06. At 505hp and 470lb-ft of torque, it's the most powerful engine ever installed in a convertible Corvette, coming only with a six-speed manual transmission.
As you can imagine, the excitement was palpable when the fastest and most capable convertible Corvette ever made was brought to the auction block. Bidding swiftly skyrocketed past six-figures, and as extra goodies were thrown in including a VIP trip to the 2012 Daytona 500 and a Jeff Gordon racing suit, it wasn't long before a bid for half-a-million was made. The winning bid finally came in from Ron Pratte whose $600,000 was enough to add yet another charity auction car to his collection. Eddie Vannoy also added another $100,000 to the price of the car, so all in $700,000 was raised for the AARP Drive for Hunger food relief program.