Earlier this week we showed you the recently-unveiled 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible at Barrett-Jackson. Chevrolet didn't just bring the car to display, though, and announced that it would be auctioning the very first production example for charity.

There was plenty of excitement as the Corvette was brought up on the auction block, and bidding quickly skyrocketed past the six-figure mark. During the middle of the auction, a few extra goodies were thrown in, including a Jeff Gordon racing suit and a VIP trip to the 2012 Daytona 500, and soon thereafter bidding quickly went passed the half-million-dollar mark to finally rest at $600,000. The new owner of the car? Ron Pratte, the same man who has generously bought many previous charity auction cars at Barrett-Jackson over the last several years. To top it all off, Eddie Vannoy even added on another $100,000 donation to the price of the car, all of which will be going to benefit the AARP Drive For Hunger.

You can see our live photos of the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible in the gallery above, and see footage from the auction floor after the break.


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      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 2 Years Ago
      Actually, the WOW should go to the big shock that a bunch of people commenting are worried how others spend their money, even when it goes to charity. Get a second job.
        caddy-v
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Timothy Tibbetts
        They're too busy worrying about how much the rich spend of the money they think ought to be entitled to.
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, good for that charity!
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's one hell of a Corvette enthusiast and guy with a big heart, congratulations non the less.
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very cool car
        MARM PRODUCTIONS
        • 11 Months Ago
        @miketim1
        enjoy..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=mGnjqSoEGf8#t=0 www.marmproductions.com
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      $600k ...lol
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      rofl
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      must be this 1 % everybody is talking about
        caddy-v
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
        A mere 1% of those 1%ers give more to charity than all of the 99% crybabies combined.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Jim R
      • 2 Years Ago
      The real tragedy is that this car will probably never turn a wheel in anger. All these cars at B-J go from one dusty collection to another, running just long enough to cross the auction block and go back on the trailer. Sad.
      Pete
      • 2 Years Ago
      Front end looks like an old Camaro front end......................
      subierider
      • 2 Years Ago
      What??? WHY????
      Krishan Mistry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Spending big money at an auction house is never about value for money, or even getting something chock full of goodies. It's where you willingly give up your money to possess something one of a kind, to add to a big collection. That's a normal auction. However, when the proceeds go to charity, it becomes less about having whatever's on the auction block, but a philantropic contest to donate the most of their money to help the worst off of the 99%. The car itself is just a bit of incentive and a "thank you" gift. If this wasnt for charity, then Id be tempted to join all the commenters on here yelling "the 1% waste their money, durr" or "600k for a Corvette, LOL what a joke". But thanks to Ron Pratte, $600,000 has been pumped from an overstuffed bank account eventually into the hands of people who need it most. Isn't that what everyone wants? And the 427 'Vert: The perfect send off to a fulfilling generation of an iconic sports car. Like a GT3 RS 4.0, or Murcie SV, or a Zonda R. Not in performance, maybe, but in going out with a bang.
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