Final C7 Corvette Sells at Auction for $2.7-Million
Black Corvette Z06 could be the last Chevy supercar built with the engine between the front wheels.
On June 28, a black C7 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 rolled onto the stage of the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction and when the final gavel sounded, this car raised more money for charity than any automaker-donated vehicle in the past. This black Z06 represents the final C7 built, so the bidders were battling for what could be the last Corvette ever built with a front-engine layout, leading everyone to expect a big price tag.
The crowd got what they wanted, with the final C7 Corvette selling for a whopping $2.7-million, with all of that money going to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
Just Your Average Corvette
When the next generation Corvette arrives with a mid-engine design, it will effectively end the seven-generation run of the classic front-engine layout. With such a dramatic change to the vehicle, many people expect to see some sort of special edition model or even a one-off car to say goodbye to the C7 and the front-engine layout, but that wasn’t the case. No special “end of the line” edition or anything like it was announced, so it seems as though Chevrolet will let the front-engine design quietly cruise into the sunset.
Of course, without any special edition model or package, the final C7 was a normal production version Z06, finished in black with black wheels and bright red leather interior. It appears to be a fully-loaded model, so it has all of the available bells and buzzers, along with the 650-horsepower, supercharged LT4 V8 and an automatic transmission.
Depending on the option list, the final Corvette Z06 will have an MSRP well over $100,000, but when you factor in the special nature of this vehicle coupled with the proceeds going to charity, it comes as no surprise that the winning bidder paid way over sticker price.
Richest Charity Car Ever
Over the past decade, Ford, General Motors and FCA have all donated unique performance vehicles to be auctioned off for charity, but never before has one raised as much money as the final C7 Corvette. The winning bidder paid $2.7-million for this car, and the proceeds of that generous price go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. This foundation builds mortgage-free, accessible smart homes for the most catastrophically injured service members as well as helping to pay off the mortgages of first responders who are killed in the line of duty.
Needless to say, $2.7-million will go a long way in helping to build new homes and pay off others, while the unnamed winning bidder drives home with an amazing piece of American automotive history.