The Chevrolet Corvette C8 may be coming soon, but all eyes are turned to the last production Corvette, which recently sold for an incredible USD$2,700,000 at auction. The Chevrolet Corvette C7 was the last front-engine Corvette, and as such, it’s no surprise that such a historic model would fetch a handsome price.
The last C7 ever made was sold at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction in Connecticut and quickly became the most expensive Corvette ever sold in auction. What makes news of this sale even better is that the entirety of the proceeds will go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s Smart Home program, which builds mortgage-free homes for catastrophically injured veterans.
So even if the car was a bit overpaid for, at least all those extra zeroes will go to a good and worthy cause.
So what led to this Corvette going for the price of a Bugatti and achieving over double what the expected price would be? For starters, the car is a true piece of history. For 66 years, Corvettes have been front-engined. This final production car is the last one of its kind, bringing to a close one of the most heralded chapters in automotive history.
As for the car itself, it’s a blacked-out Corvette Z06 on the outside, while inside, red Nappa leather sets the menacing tone. A performance data recorder along with plenty of other technological features—such as an upgraded MyLink touchscreen with navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility—are also included.
Under the hood you’ll find a 6.2-litre LT4 V8 engine that produces 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. That much power propels the Corvette from 0 to 60 in just 3.2 seconds using the seven-speed manual or 2.95 seconds with the eight-speed automatic.
It’s nice to see the new C8’s thunder being stolen by the final production Corvette, especially considering that the massive $2.7 million raised will benefit those in need.