Barrett-Jackson auctioned off the first production 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible in Palm Beach this evening, with the open-top two-seater commanding a huge winning bid of $1,000,000 from Rick Hendrick, owner of NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports.

While the Geneva Motor Show C7 prototype is pictured above (it also was shown at Barrett-Jackson), Hendrick won rights to the first retail production model (VIN undetermined at this time), allowing him to choose both color and options before his V8 sports car rolls off the assembly line in the near future. Hopefully, by the time that happens, we will all know more about its soft convertible top, double-bubble tonneau and the mechanism that opens and lowers the fully automatic roof at speeds upwards of 30 mph.

It is worth mentioning that proceeds from the sale of this first C7 droptop will benefit the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer institute, one of 40 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States that strives to prevent, detect and eradicate all forms of cancer. The General Motors Foundation is a longtime supporter of Karmanos, with nearly $6 million in support over the last 15 years.


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      Kahlua
      • 1 Year Ago
      All must remember that the proceeds go to a charity. If others wants to spend millions on material items where another in need benefits by it, why do you naysayers care. Like you could have really afforded it even it it was sold at dealer list. Give us all a break.
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        caddy-v
        • 1 Year Ago
        You\'re one unhappy negative person, Laser. You may be able to get a better outlook on life if you take up drinking. Or maybe you just need to get laid.
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      Trent
      • 1 Year Ago
      God I want that car.
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      MAN that car looks good!
      Merk
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rick Hendrick didn't really pay a million for the car; he basically made a contribution to a non profit, which is both a social good and a tax deduction. The car is just the vehicle for making the contribution.
        SatinSheetMetal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Merk
        Also it being the first C7 means he can turn around and sell it for a good amount of money in the future.
      Cathy Cardy
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Mr. Moneybags Rick Hendricks is involved, the purchase was already a done deal before it even went accross the block. That is why I do not waste my time watching Barrett Jackson anymore. A handful of bored millionaires paying ridiculus prices in nothing more than a "one upmanship" pissing contest. People like Hendricks, Pratt and that idiot who paid over 4 million for the original batmobile in January have their own private auction going with BJ. It is Craig Jackson who is laughing all the way to the bank not to mention George Barris. I bet it took a week to wipe the smile off his face.
        Thipps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cathy Cardy
        Or they just love cars as much as we do but have the means to buy their dream cars.......not to mention they keep them in perfect condition and often put them in museums so we can see enjoy them. Glass half empty?
        rollie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cathy Cardy
        Cathy...you have said it....perfectly. Now, I know some people have made a ton of money by good fortune, hard work, and the forsight to find and exploit the avenue to success. Good for them, and best wishes. However, ...when they tell everyone that they are real car guys....perhaps, but look at their hands. Real car guys don\'t have spic&span palms baby...
          Chris
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rollie
          Yeah, because "real car guys" turn on Barrett-Jackson to look at people's hands. /s Seriously, do the cameramen at the auction now zero in on the buyers' hands? It's either that, or you have the eyes of an eagle.
        Andy Smith
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cathy Cardy
        I'm sure Barrett Jackson are UN-consolable at their loss of such a wonderful follower.
      ChrisH
      • 1 Year Ago
      twenty second roof operations are so five years ago..... other than that if I were hold enough I would seriously consider one. Was given the hint when I once lingered over a Vette convertible too long that I wasn't old enough and would not ever become so if I did
      Andy Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great car, - great seller, - great buyer, - great cause. Win win!!
      Sargegxp
      • 1 Year Ago
      I saw this car yesterday at BJ and I was stunned. It is beautiful. Other than the LS 1991 citation wheels. There was a white Ferrai California near it and though the car is beautiful, the Corvette blew it away. It was also amazng to hear all the comments fly from the huge crowd around it.
        john m
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sargegxp
        I was stunned too. I loved how the surface of the car caught the light in certain ways.
      Sargegxp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aaron the Toyota protector , that pretty much explains it, Where do these car haters come from. If you don't like the Corvette go to the Corolla site and veg there..
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