2008 Corvette 427 Special Edition Z06 to be Auctioned for Haitian Earthquake Relief

2008 Corvette 427 Special Edition Z06
2008 Corvette 427 Special Edition Z06

General Motors will sell a limited edition 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to benefit recovery efforts in Haiti.  The car, part of the 427 special edition, will be sold at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction this weekend.

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake began just before 5 p.m. on 12 January with an epicenter roughly 15 miles southwest of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.  As many as 200,000 people were killed in the disaster, which destroyed much of the areas buildings and infrastructure.  At least 33 aftershocks, measuring up to magnitude 6.1, have been felt since.

Each of the 427 units in the edition features a 7.0-liter V8 engine producing 505 horsepower.  Units were painted in Crystal Red Metallic with a "Stinger-style stripe," and ride on chrome Z06 wheels.  Interior touches include Dark Titanium leather features, and Crystal Red trim.  A healthy amount of 427 badging is placed all over the vehicle, including the autograph of now-retired Corvette plant manager Will Cooksey.  Cooksey also individually numbered each unit.

The 2008 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Special Edition Z06 will hit the auction block Saturday night.  The 39th Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction began earlier this week in Scottsdale, Arizona, and concludes on Sunday.  GM did not state which charity would receive the donation from the car's sale.

Limited Edition Corvette Auction to Benefit Haitian Earthquake Relief

Scottsdale, Ariz. - Earthquake relief efforts in Haiti will receive all proceeds from the auction of a limited edition 2008 Chevrolet Corvette at this weekend's 39th annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction.

The proceeds, which will be donated to the American Red Cross relief fund, are in addition to a $100,000 contribution from the GM Foundation to the Red Cross.

"This is a very good example of the compassion GM employees have," said Ed Welburn, Vice President of GM Design. Welburn will call the vehicle to the stage to start the bidding process at the event.

The limited edition 2008 Chevrolet Corvette was the last of 427 cars built specifically for North America and the only 2008 Z06 available in Crystal Red Metallic Tint Coat. Sporting a 7.0L V8 engine with 505 hp, the Corvette contains spider design chrome Z06 wheels, Z06 plates, a Stinger-style stripe on the front hood and fascia, chrome exterior badges and a painted Z06 spoiler and body color door handles. Inside, the Corvette contains a Dark Titanium leather-wrapped interior and special Crystal Red center trim plate.

All 427 of the limited edition Corvettes were signed and numbered in the center console area by Will Cooksey, the Corvette plant manager who retired in 2006 after 15 years running the plant. The Corvette also features "427" hood badges and engine cover emblems and "427" seat and floor mat embroidery.

The Corvette is Lot #1318 and will be auctioned on Saturday evening, Jan. 23, at the Barrett-Jackson event in Scottsdale, Ariz.


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sideskraper sideskraper
The most important words in this article are: "GM did not state which charity would receive the donation from the car's sale."
Jan 23rd, 2010 4:18am
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Narco Narco
A simple detail. Most likely it will be the Red Cross. The money will probably be incorporated into a larger donation. Companies make much larger donations than this auction price all the time. Fishes, Narco.
Jan 23rd, 2010 5:30am
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sideskraper sideskraper
Not a simple detail as many organisations are operating within the haiti aid environment. Their structure, organisation and effectiveness of donations vary greatly. I've coordinated several multimillion dollar distributions of corporate money to charities after natural disasters I have seen money used effectively to help the people, and other money used effectively to help the bosses buy nice houses. Any person donating that much money without knowing where it's going is silly. I would assume that the bidder would be able to choose where it is going. But who knows with GM.
Jan 23rd, 2010 2:29pm
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Joe_Limon Joe_Limon
7.0L car to commemorate a 7.0 earthquake lol
Jan 23rd, 2010 2:46am
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Douglas6250 Douglas6250
Yes u'r right. Buying this car for charity. It's worth it.
Jan 23rd, 2010 1:41am
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Xanavi23 Xanavi23
It oughtto fetch at least 175 for custom look reasons and the charity sentiment. Its "expensive for an American car" like some will say but given the genuine feeling behind it and it being a pretty fast car, worth it.
Jan 23rd, 2010 12:11am
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EDavis EDavis
A few years back, perhaps last year, a slightly customized 06 Mercury Milan sold for 300K at Barrett-Jackson, the proceeds from which went to charity. I think this Vette will bring in at least 600K.
Jan 23rd, 2010 9:24am
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Xanavi23 Xanavi23
Ya i imagine you're right about 600k, i was just being conservative. Barret will usually get pretty insane with bidding on some cars like this, as im sure you've seen.
Jan 23rd, 2010 10:33pm
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