Special Corvettes have always done well at Barrett-Jackson auctions, but this year things went exceptionally well. As noted earlier this week, the first 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible with VIN #001 would cross the auction block, and when it did, it caused a bidding frenzy, with the price quickly jumping into six figures.
It appeared that bidding was beginning to cool off, and then Jeff Gordon made things interesting by throwing in his own racing suit and a VIP trip to the 2012 Daytona 500 to sweeten the deal. Eventually, bidding would end at a whopping $600,000, with Ron Pratte, a multi-millionaire who made his fortunes in wood framing and concrete foundations, as the new owner. Not only that, but Eddie Vannoy tacked on another $100,000 donation to the price of the car, which will go towards the AARP Drive For Hunger benefit.
Is anybody else surprised it wasn’t Rick Hendrick who bought the car this time? In any regard, you can watch the bidding action that you may have missed on the LS7-powered roadster right here.