How much would you pay to be the first owner of the all-new Corvette Stingray? Whatever your price is, it's probably not as much as NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick's, who just laid down more than a million bucks for the car.
Hendrick bid $1.05 million for the first Stingray to come off GM's production lines -- model 0001 -- at the Barrett-Jackson car collector event in Scottsdale, Az., Road & Track reports. The money will be donated to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
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Charitable contributions aside, the price is exorbitant. While Chevrolet hasn't announced the final price of the new Corvette, it has said it'll be close to what current Corvettes cost now, which run about $50,000.
Hendrick has paid a lot of money to be first in line for other Chevy cars, according to the Latinos Post. His winning $350,000 bid at a Las Vegas auction got him the first 2010 Camaro SS, and he also won the first 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition.
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GM unveiled the 2014 Corvette Stingray last week. Released for the 50th anniversary of the car, the new model is the seventh generation of the iconic sports car and shares just two parts with the previous generation. The new Corvette departs from its predecessors with muscular lines, carbon-fiber parts, redesigned (and controversially rectangular) tail lights, and a retractable dashboard LCD.
We got a chance to check out (but not drive) the new Corvette when it paid a visit to New York City, and although it's a beautiful car, we wouldn't pay a million bucks to be the first person to drive one.
Would you? Tell us in the comments.
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2014 Corvette Stingray
The new Corvette features a top-to-bottom redesign of the iconic sports car. Now built out of aluminum and carbon fiber instead of steel, it's lighter and has more horsepower -- 450 to the 2013 model's 430. No price yet, but Chevy says it'll be in the neighborhood of current Corvettes with start around $50,000.
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