Seeing as how the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction will be taking place this weekend in Scottsdale, AZ, and how the world is still trying to help Haiti escape the disaster into which the multiple earthquakes have plunged it in, GM announced that a special edition 2008 Chevrolet Corvette will be auctioned at the event, with the money earned, plus another $100,000 from GM, will be donated to the Red Cross.
“This is a very good example of the compassion GM employees have,” said Ed Welburn, Vice President of GM Design. He will present the vehicle and start the bidding process at the event.
This specific car is the last out of a limited edition of 427 cars built for the North American market and is the only 2008 Z06 model to boast Crystal Red Metallic Tint Coat. It is powered by a 7.0-liter V8 engine, which develops 505 HP and features spider-design chrome wheels, Z06 plates, Stinger-style stripe on the hood and fascia, as well as chromed exterior badges and painted Z06 spoiler plus body color door handles.
On the inside, the car has a Dark Titanium leather-wrapped interior, with a special Crystal Red center trim plate. Like all of the 427 limited edition models, it is signed and numbered in the center console by Will Cooksey, the Corvette plant manager, and also boasts 427 hood badges, engine cover emblems and seat and floor mat embroidery.
Overall, a great gesture on behalf of GM. Hopefully plenty of people will bid on it at this weekend’s auction event.