• Apr 7, 2011
2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette – Click above for high-res image gallery

Chevrolet is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a fitting tribute to racing driver turned entrepreneur, Louis Chevrolet. The brand's founding father raced in four Indianapolis 500s from 1915 to 1919, and though he never managed a victory, his motorsports expertise helped guide his car company from the outset.

In observance, the 2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette gets a special coat of "Carbon Flash" black paint and carries logos on the B-pillars with the number 100 and a likeness of Mr. Chevrolet himself. Inside, there's plenty of Alcantara and contrasting red stitching to set off additional black trim, and the headrests are embossed with the same 100th anniversary logo as the B-pillars.

Outside, the Centennial Edition gets special 18 or 19-inch for the Grand Sport and standard Corvette and 19 or 20-inch rollers for the ZR-1 and Z06.

The Centennial Edition package is available on every Corvette model they sell, meaning you can get your Z06, ZR-1 or Grand Sport gussied up just the same as your standard coupe or convertible. All of the cars with the 100th anniversary package receive red painted brake calipers and Corvette's optional (and excellent) magnetically adjustable suspension.

The Centennial Edition Corvettes go on sale this summer, but the first one will be auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson tomorrow in West Palm Beach, Florida. Proceeds of the sale will go to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. Full press release and video after the jump, gallery below.

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2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette Celebrates Racing Heritage
Z06 Centennial Edition to be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach sale

DETROIT – Chevrolet, founded by a racing pioneer 100 years ago, celebrates its performance heritage with the 2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette, which features a sleek black color scheme, unique design elements and Corvette's trademark sports car technology.

The 2012 Centennial Edition package will be available on all Corvette models – including Grand Sport, Z06 and ZR1 – starting this summer.

The special package was inspired by Chevrolet's racing-bred foundation, which continues with Corvette's international racing excellence and production sports car prominence.

"Racing and performance are the roots of Chevrolet, a tradition carried forward today by Corvette," said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. "The Centennial Edition not only celebrates our 100 years, it once again pushes Corvette forward for a new generation of sports car fans."

Chevrolet will auction a Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in West Palm Beach, Fla., on April 9, with the proceeds to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. It will be the 100th 2012 Corvette off the assembly line, with a vehicle identification number ending in "00100."

The Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette expresses racing heritage, but does so with a sleek, modern, even sinister-looking appearance. The Centennial Edition package comes exclusively in Carbon Flash Metallic, with satin-black graphics and unique Centennial Satin Black wheels and red brake calipers. The wheels are constructed of lightweight cast-spun aluminum and include a thin red outline around the perimeter of its surface on the Z06. The wheels are specific to the respective Corvette models, including 18-inch/19-inch for Coupe, Convertible and Grand Sport; and 19-inch/20-inch for Z06 and ZR1.

Magnetic Selective Ride Control, the world's fastest-reacting suspension and a technology advance initiated by Corvette, is included on all Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette models.

The Centennial Edition also features special badges that signify Chevrolet's racing history. A graphic logo featuring an iconic image of Louis Chevrolet appears on the B-pillars, the center caps of the wheels, and the center of the steering wheel. The seat headrests also carry an embossed centennial logo.

Aficionados will note one other small detail: The historic crossed flags badge contains a small adaptation, with "100" in place of the traditional fleur-de-lis symbol, only for the Centennial Edition.

The exterior color scheme is reinforced inside the car, with the Ebony leather-wrapped instrument panel and doors complimented by red stitching on the steering wheel, seats, console and shifter. Microfiber suede accents on Centennial Edition seats, steering wheel, shifter and armrests were first used on the 2011 Z06 Carbon Limited Edition.

The Chevrolet Centennial Edition will be available on all Corvette models via order code ZLC. Pricing will be released this summer prior to the start of availability.

"Louis Chevrolet was a fearless racing pioneer who also designed our first car," Scheidt said. "Corvette is a natural fit to honor that legacy, while creating a compelling new package for sports car drivers."

Barrett-Jackson auction details

Chevrolet chose to debut the Centennial Edition Corvette at Barrett-Jackson to enable the auction proceeds to go to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. The foundation supporting children and families dealing with cancer is a key partner with the American Le Mans Series, in which Corvette Racing is an integral participant.

The 2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette Z06 (VIN 100) to be auctioned is based on the production 3LZ model with the Z07 performance package, new Z06 carbon fiber hood and CFZ carbon fiber package, which includes:

* Bose premium sound system, with one-year XM subscription, navigation and USB
* Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity
* Power-adjustable and heated seats
* Memory package, home remote, Head Up Display and power-telescoping steering wheel
* The Custom Leather Wrapped Interior Package, with leather-wrapped upper instrument panels, upper door trim panels and console storage cover and red contrasting stitching
* Z07 performance package, including Brembo ceramic brakes, Magnetic Ride Control and 19-inch/20-inch wheels and Michelin tires
* CFZ package includes carbon fiber rockers, front splitter and roof
* New Carbon Fiber raised hood option for Z06, which was introduced on the 2011 Z06 Carbon Edition.

The winning bidder will also receive the Corvette Engine Build Experience program – which allows Z06 or ZR1 buyers to build their own engine alongside expert technicians – as well as the opportunity to take delivery of the car at the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      BLACK FTW !!
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks great and the interior is awesome, well done GM. I really love the centennial logo they are using, that is really cool.
      • 3 Years Ago
      look really awesome, and it appears to have some much improved seats (a common, shared complaint). with the 100th emphasis, black on black attitude, seats, etc., maybe this is a solid buy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Screaming at the top of lungs, "OMG WE GOT NEW SEATS!!!!!!!!!"
        • 3 Years Ago
        These look to be completely new and different. Notice the side bolsters are two separate
        sides. These should keep the seat whiners at bay. Very well done !!!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm with you on that one!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I was going to say that the seats seem to be the same as the current ones with the exception of the non-integrated headrests. Then again with the material now looking like micro-suede/leather maybe it'll grip the driver better.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The headrest is different, yeah, but that's not where the seats suck. Otherwise, looks like the same old seats (1:57).
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmmmm... Chevrolet was started in 1911, so why did they wait for the 2012 model?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Note to Chevrolet...you might want to make ALL of the emblems and flags black, perhaps the exhaust too...
      Danny DeLuera
      • 3 Years Ago
      2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette "How much will it cost, and were can i get it"?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally, new seats. They KIND OF look like the Recaros that have been available in the 2nd gen CTS-V.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice touches.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nobody does performance better than chevy....except for every foreign automaker that makes performance cars? LOL
        • 3 Years Ago

        Putting LOL at the end of something doesn't automatically make it funny.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wow the interior looks sooo much different!

        • 3 Years Ago
        Louis makes a better statement to performance than "Jake". They should keep the theme, as some of us didn't know about him. Go Chevy!
        • 3 Years Ago
        No one does performance better than Chevy. Chevy is America! Corvette is an American Icon and America's Sports Car/Super Car.

        The current Corvette is the best Corvette yet. they just keep getting better and better!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like the brake caliper bleeder is leaking.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice original look with the dull/flat black exterior. It's only been done about 2000 times by everyone else. If an ugly black paint job makes a Corvette somehow more desireable, good for GM. What have we learned? You can make the same car for 15 years (only 8 years so far, I know but it will not be replaced for a while) and the faithful will follow... fewer every year but they still follow. Maybe sales are down because the core market is too old to drive now?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Exactly what flat black paint job are you talking about. It's metallic black. And the fact
        that Chevrolet has been developing the C6 in a evolutionary manner is the appropriate
        way. Porsche has been doing at the same approximate timelines.
      • 3 Years Ago
      as jeremy clarkson said, it's not as refined or pretty as the rs8 but it's the one i want!
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's R8 to you.
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