Ford isn’t the only automaker to rake in big money for charity at the recent Barrett-Jackson auto auction in Scottsdale. Chevrolet auctioned off two Corvette models that raked in a combined $2.325 million, including the first 2019 Corvette ZR1 that brought $925,000.
The first ZR1 was purchased by Rick Hendrick, chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group and 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports. Hendrick is a routine buyer at Barrett-Jackson and has acquired several Chevy “firsts” that have been sold for charity.
In this case, the $925,000 is going to Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which is an organization that supports wounded veterans through the Building for America’s Bravest program.
Chevy also auctioned of a special Corvette Carbon 65 Edition coupe signed by President George W. Bush. This particular car was purchased by John Staluppi, owner of Atlantic Automotive Group, for $1.4 million. The proceeds will benefit the Bush Center’s Military Service Initiative. The primary goal of the Military Service Initiative is to ensure post-9/11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life with a focus on gaining meaningful employment and overcoming the invisible wounds of war.
“GM and Chevrolet are proud to honor and support the brave men and women of our armed forces,” said Steve Hill, GM vice president of U.S. Sales and Service. “Thanks to the generosity of two of our dealers, John Staluppi and Rick Hendrick, we will be able to offer additional support to some of our most severely wounded veterans through the Bush Center Military Service Initiative and the Siller Foundation Building for America’s Bravest effort – both extremely worthy organizations.”