Not content with calling dibs to the first 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe to roll off the production lines, Rick Hendrick has doubled his bragging rights by winning bidding wars for the world’s first 2014 Stingray convertible.
And while the price of the first convertible 2104 Corvette may have been a lofty million dollars plus, the sum in its entirety will be donated to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Hendrick had been expected to make his presence known as per usual at the Barrett-Jackson auction, which this time saw him handing over $1 million to complete his exclusive duo of first-mint 2014 Corvette Stingrays.
In his typically understated style, Hendrick told reports in attendance that:
“I paid a little more than I wanted for that car, but I owe so much to Corvette for getting me into the car business in the first place,”
“Corvettes are a passion of mine, I love those cars so much, and to have the first Corvettes from the new generation means so much to me.”
Of course, an event as significant as taking home the first convertible 2014 Corvette won’t see the car delivered off the back of a truck behind the scenes and away from public view. Quite to the contrary, pomp will be off the scale as Hendrick is invited to the very factory where his first-run Stingray will be assembled for he himself to turn the key as it roll off the production lines.
God help Chevy if the thing doesn’t start….
Hendrick’s newest addition to his collection joins a small army of other first-run exclusives he already owns, including the very first 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition, the first 2010 Camaro SS and the first 2011 Camaro SS Convertible – all of which weren’t exactly the cheapest of investments.