First ever 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 rakes in $1 million auction price

First retail production 2015 Corvette Z06 supercar donated by Chevrolet commanded an auction price of $1 million at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Palm Beach, Fla. on April 12th. The auction helped raise more than $2.5 million for the upcoming Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute 32nd Annual Dinner to be held on April 26th in Detroit.

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06The winning bid came from Hendrick Automotive Group Chairman and Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, an avid Corvette collector and preservationist. Auction proceeds will be used towards Karmanos Cancer Institute’s infusion center renovation.

“We thank Rick Hendrick for his ongoing, generous support that will help Karmanos Cancer Institute provide better care and treatment for cancer patients,” said General Motors President Dan Ammann. “We are humbled by all those who are supporting the Annual Dinner and who are giving generously to help us exceed last year’s fundraising total of $2.5 million.”

Last year, Chevrolet raised $1 million when the first 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible was auctioned. That car too was purchased by Hendrick.

“The remarkable support from our chairs, Pernilla and Dan Ammann, GM, the GM Foundation, Host Sponsor Cadillac and Chevrolet is unprecedented,” said Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO of Karmanos. “We are also extremely grateful to Barrett-Jackson, Rick Hendrick and all of our sponsors for making this a tremendous year in the fight against cancer. We will continue the fundraising momentum behind the Annual Dinner to assure that our cancer patients have the best possible chance of beating their disease.”