Chevy revealed the new Corvette Grand Sport at the Geneva Motor Show just over a month ago, packing a 6.2-liter V8 good for 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. It also features dry-sump lubrication, stickier Michelin rubber, and Brembo brakes. This all results in a product that's nearly as fast as the previous ZR1. It'll be available in coupe or convertible body styles starting this summer, with a Collector Edition benefiting from special touches like a metallic gray paintjob with blue accents, satin black stripes, black wheels, and an upgraded interior.
The first such example will be auctioned off at 6 p.m. this Friday, April 8, as part of Barrett-Jackson's sale in Palm Beach, FL. All of the proceeds from the sale will go to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State University in Detroit – along with a $400,000-donation made by the GM Foundation. The automaker previously donated the first Cadillac CT6 to the same cause, raising $200,000 for the center last year. Among other VIN #001 vehicles it's donated to charity, the General also auctioned off the first examples of the Corvette Z06 Convertible for the United Way and the first new Cadillac CTS-V to benefit Detroit's College for Creative Studies last January as well.
DETROIT – The first retail production 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Collector's Edition will be auctioned Friday, April 8, in lot #3003 at 6 p.m. EDT at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, Fl. Auction. One hundred percent of the sale price from the auction will benefit the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.
The auction extends General Motors' long-standing support of the Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country. Last year, the auction raised $200,000 by auctioning the first Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan at Barrett-Jackson.
Chevrolet is donating the first retail production, VIN #001 – of the all-new Corvette Grand Sport Collector's Edition – in support of Karmanos Cancer Institute's 34th Annual Dinner which will be held Saturday, April 16, at Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac, Mich. In addition, the GM Foundation has once again made a significant grant of $400,000 to also fund cancer research at Karmanos.
This year's Annual Dinner Chairs are Paula and Steve Kiefer, vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain at General Motors. This is the sixth consecutive year General Motors has been a major sponsor for this signature fundraiser, with a GM executive chairing the event.
The Karmanos Cancer Institute is a unique, integrated center of research, patient care and education, dedicated to the prevention, early detection, treatment and eventual eradication of cancer. Based in Detroit, Mich., Karmanos is at the forefront of developing new cancer treatments that will benefit cancer patients around the globe.
Grand Sport, the latest member of the Corvette lineup, combines signature Corvette DNA with ingenious engineering to create a stunning, track-ready aerodynamic sports car. The Grand Sport Collector Edition is a limited production edition and features a Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior with Tension Blue hash-mark graphics, satin black full-length stripes, black wheels and an exclusive Tension Blue full leather and suede-wrapped interior. The Tension Blue color is a bold, modern take on the hue historically associated with the Grand Sport. Inside, a three-dimensional representation of an original Grand Sport race car is embossed in the headrests and that shape is also used on an instrument panel plaque that carries a unique build sequence number.
The 2017 Grand Sport features a 6.2L LT1 V8 engine, capable of 460 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. The compact design lowers the hoodline, providing optimal weight balance. A dry-sump oil system delivers oil flow through the most extreme cornering, helping Grand Sport deliver a consistently high level of performance. The coupe and convertible go on sale this summer in the U.S. and in the fall in Europe. The Collector's Edition will be offered later in the model year in the U.S. and Europe.
Those unable to attend the Palm Beach Collector Car Auction may bid online at www.barrett-jackson.com. To register, call 480-421-6694 or email email@example.com. Since this is a charity sale, Barrett-Jackson will waive all buyer and seller fees. The winning bidder will receive a letter of authenticity.
For more information about Karmanos Cancer Institute's 34th Annual Dinner on April 16, to purchase tickets or to make a donation, contact Kelly at 313-576-8108 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit www.karmanos.org/annualdinner. Benefactor tickets are $750 and Patron tickets are $525.