With the new mid-engine C8-generation Corvette soon to be released, the C7 production is coming to an end.
In our July issue of Vette Vues, we reported to you that the Last C7 was going to the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Morgan Sun, Connecticut on June 28, 2019.
If you weren’t able to attend, you can watch it now…
We told you we would report the results and we have some great news! The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will receive 2.7 million dollars for the Last C7 Corvette that was auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction. History was made when the winning bid set a new record at Barrett-Jackson for an automaker-donated vehicle.
Frank Siller, chairman, and CEO of the Stephen Siller Foundation announced that “This donation will build at least five homes for our catastrophically-injured veterans to give them their independence and a better quality of life.” The foundation has already built or is in the process of completing 85 homes to date.
You will remember from our July issue, that the foundation builds mortgage-free, accessible smart homes for the most catastrophically injured service members and helps pay off the mortgages for families of first responders killed in the line of duty.
“It’s appropriate that the most iconic vehicle ever built in the U.S., has the honor of being the highest auctioned vehicle at Barrett-Jackson for a charity,” said Steve Hill, G.M. U.S. Vice President of Sales, Service, and Marketing.
G.M. has supported the military and veterans for over 100 years. For the past five years, GMC has supported the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation as its national foundation of choice. In that time, it has helped the foundation raise more than $10 million. That includes $2.2 million raised last year, with $925,000 of it coming from the auction of the first production 2019 Corvette ZR1. You will remember that Chevrolet dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick purchased that car at the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale.
According to the internet, Dan Snyder of Dan Snyder Motorsports purchased the seven-speed manual Z06 coupe in 3LZ trim painted black, equipped with the Z07 performance package. Dan’s new Vette will also include carbon ceramic brakes, a high-downforce aero package, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. (The car that drove across the block is not the actual car, it is just a stand-in. The real last Corvette will be built sometime after the auction ended.)
For more information on the foundation and how you can help visit their website at www.tunnel2towers.org.
Are you interested in the pre-auction news? Here are some links:
Here is the press release from Chevy about the Auction of Final Seventh Generation Corvette to Benefit Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation
You can read the press release from Barret-Jackson about the auction before that was sent out prior: READ MORE.