All proceeds from the auction will go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named in honor of a New York firefighter who died on 9/11. The foundation builds mortgage-free, accessible smart homes for catastrophically injured service members, and helps pay off mortgages for families of first responders killed in line of duty. As GMC's national foundation of choice, Chevrolet and GMC have raised more than $10 million for the nonprofit in the past five years. Last year alone, Chevy contributed $925,000 to foundation coffers when it auctioned the first production Corvette ZR1 to NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick at the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction.
You have a little more than two months to prepare your eulogies for the last of 'Vettes with a small block up front. Those waiting on the mid-engined car probably have their speeches ready, since this development has been expected for more than 50 years. A Car and Driver review of the 1968 C3 Corvette said, "The present Corvette will doubtlessly be the last front-engine model," predicting a mid-engined coupe by 1972. Not only was that incorrect, but the C3 didn't retire until 1982. In the same review, Chevrolet's then-GM John DeLorean "pronounced the mid-engine version must be a functional sports/GT car, weighing in the neighborhood of 2600 lbs. and containing an engine of about 400 cu. in."
Oh, how far we've come. The C8 Corvette remains almost all rumor, but the base engine is expected to be 378.3 cubic inches - 6.2 liters - and with options of two smaller DOHC twin-turbo V8s. We're looking at well more than 2,600 pounds, but output should come in around or north of 460 horsepower, and no matter what, this summer, everyone wins.