How much would you pay to own the first C8 Corvette?
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will go on sale to the public early next year. If you’re badly itching to get your hands on one, though, there is an earlier opportunity. More specifically, VIN 001 for the all-new C8 Corvette is headed to Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 2020 event runs from January 11 through January 19.
While GM famously pitched the Corvette as a giant killer priced under $60,000 (and it is…just), this one will fetch much more money than that. How do I know? Because last year the first Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 went for $1.1 million. The first Toyota Supra? $2.1 million. Owning “the first one” of any popular sports car comes with serious bragging rights. This first mid-engined production Corvette will be no exception, though we’ll have to wait and see what it actually draws when it crosses the block.
This particular 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray comes with the Z51 Performance Package, as it should. That means its naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter LT2 V8 packs 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. That comes mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, performance suspension and exhaust, as well as a range of other goodies.
Barrett-Jackson did not state which trim level Corvette is crossing the auction block. However, given the price this car’s bound to attract, it’s safe to assume we’re talking about a fully-loaded 3LT model. Even still, the base Corvette Stingray 1LT is a bargain. You still get leather seats, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, a 12-inch digital gauge cluster and an 8.0-inch infotainment system.
All the proceeds from this auction go the Detroit Children’s Fund. The fund uses its resources to improve lower-performing schools in Detroit through training, resources and supplies.
Until the auction, check out more on the 2020 Corvette Convertible below: