Own a Piece of Corvette History: Carlisle Blue 2012 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible Up for Auction to Benefit Tunnel to Towers Foundation at Mecum Indy.
The 2012 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible is a piece of automotive history, and now you have the chance to own it. At the upcoming Mecum Indy Auction, the Carlisle Blue 2012 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible will be up for grabs, and the proceeds of the sale will benefit the Tunnel To Towers Foundation. This rare special Corvette is the perfect combination of modern engineering and classic style, and it’s sure to be a prized possession for the lucky bidder. Don’t miss out on your chance to own a piece of Corvette history! Read on to learn more about this Corvette.
The Carlisle Blue 2012 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible is a rare and special color created as a celebration of 30 years of “Corvettes at Carlisle” in 2012. Corvettes at Carlisle is one of the largest annual Corvette events in North America.
When the C6 Corvette made its debut in 2005, it quickly established itself as a worthy successor to the groundbreaking C5 generation. The new generation was packed with advanced features and specialized versions, like the ZR1, Z06, and Grand Sport. In 2010, the Grand Sport was unveiled at the 12th Annual C5/C6 Corvette Birthday Bash, taking performance to the next level. It boasted stiffer springs, revised shocks, beefed-up anti-sway bars, wider tires, and specific aluminum wheels, plus Z06 brakes.
For the C6 model, the manual transmission was outfitted with altered gear ratios and launch control, while the automatic variants had special rear-end gearing. For coupes with the manual gearbox, LS3 6.2L V-8 engines were assembled by hand. In 2012, fewer than 12,000 Corvettes were produced, and in 2013, production stopped with the launch of the C7 model in 2014.
So, just how many Carlisle Blue 2012 Corvettes were made?
There were 535 2012 Carlisle Blue Corvettes sold that model year. Of them, 109 were coupes, 42 were convertibles, 243 were Grand Sport Coupes, 118 were Grand Sport Convertibles, 12 were ZO6, and 11 were ZR1s.
So what are the specifications of the Carlisle Blue 2012 Corvette Grand Sport?
A 2012 Carlisle Blue Corvette Grand Sport offers unparalleled performance for an exceptional driving experience. Boasting an LS3 6.2L with a dry sump oil system hand-built at GM’s Performance Build Center, six-speed manual transmission, and Magnetic Selective Ride Control, the Grand Sport is equipped with impressive features. Additionally, a set of Goodyear® F1 Supercar Gen 2 tires, Cyber Gray headlamps, a dual-mode exhaust system, and a new Carlisle Blue Metallic exterior elevate this model.
The interior is designed with the 4LT trim level and an Ebony/Titanium leather color interior with blue stitching, Bose® Premium Audio with nine speakers, a USB port, and an audio jack with iPod® integration. Further enhancements to the model are found in the Genuine Corvette Accessory Torque 2 silver-painted wheels in 18×10-inch (front) and 19×12-inch (rear), Carbon Fiber Ground Effects – front splitter and rockers, full-width rear spoiler, GRAND SPORT hood blanket, Pearl White full-length stripe kit, GRAND SPORT Ebony floor mats, GRAND SPORT console lid, and Racing Pedal Package.
FIBERGLASS FACT: Only 11,647 2012 Corvettes were produced in 2012, and of them, only 2,889 were convertibles ( 2,268 of the convertibles were Grand Sports).
A Brief History of the Corvettes at Carlisle
The Carlisle Events have been hosting car shows since 1974. The Corvettes at Carlisle event began in 1982 and has grown to be one of the largest Corvette shows in the United States. This event is held every August at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania. Corvettes at Carlisle have become a popular destination for showing your pride and joy in the popular Show Field. At the Corvettes at Carlisle, enthusiasts can check out a wide variety of Corvettes for sale, including classic, custom, and late-model Vettes. Additionally, the show hosts a variety of vendors who offer everything from accessories and apparel to parts and services.
The 2012 Corvette Grand Sport Carlisle Blue for Sale Convertible at the Mecum Indy Auction
The Corvette we are looking at today is a one-owner Carlisle Blue 2012 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible. As we mentioned, there were only 118 Grand Sport Carlisle Blue Corvette Convertibles in 2012. It is indeed a very rare Corvette for Sale and a true collector’s item. Making it even better, it has only been driven 17,121 miles since it rolled off the production line.
- One owner
- Only 118 Grand Sport Carlisle Blue Corvette Convertible in 2012
- Just 17,121 miles
- Two-tone Cashmere and black interior package
- A power-operated Cashmere-colored convertible top
- 6.2L LS3 V-8 engine
- 6-speed manual transmission
- 4-wheel power disc brakes
- Power steering
- Power bucket seats
- Power windows
- Power locks
- Power mirrors
- Air conditioning
- Cruise control
- Polished five-spoke wheels with low-profile tires
This vehicle has been donated by the seller to be auctioned off at the Mecum Indy 2023 Auction, with the proceeds to benefit the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. This charitable organization supports first responders and members of the military who have been injured in the line of duty. Through the sale of this vehicle, buyers can not only own a piece of Corvette history but also contribute to a great cause.
So what is a 2012 Carlisle Blue Grand Sport worth?
According to the Mecum Acution’s website, LOT T189 VIN / SERIAL 1G1YS3DW5C5100589 estimated value if between $50,000 to $75,000, but it is most likely to exceed that due to being a charitable donation.
The Mecum Auction runs May 12 through the 20th, 2023, and is held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. To learn more, visit Mecum’s website https://www.mecum.com/. Happy shopping as you find the perfect Corvette for Sale!
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