Last Friday night, the very first Chevrolet Corvette Stingray produced for the 2015 model year – bearing the VIN 001 – went up for auction at Barrett-Jackson. When the bidding was up, it fetched a price of $400k from winning bidder Dave Ressler, who already has an impressive variety of highly collectible Corvettes.
The #001 Corvette was donated by General Motors, with all proceeds benefiting the CARE House in Oakland County, Michigan.
Now, you might have assumed that the white 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray might go to Rick Hendrick of NASCAR fame, who already owns the #001 C7 coupe, #001 2015 Corvette Z06 and #001 2014 Camaro Z/28. But apparently being the first of the C7 Corvette’s second model year wasn’t enough to garner Hendrick’s interest.
Ressler, who owns two Chevrolet dealerships, can count the #001 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray among his Corvette collection now, which also includes the #003 1953 C1 Corvette and the 2009 Corvette ZR1 “Blue Devil”. The latter was the only “Blue Devil” ever produced (besides the prototype Blue Devil that sort of survived the NCM sinkhole). The former is considered to be the oldest surviving production Corvette in existence. Ressler purchased each of these at a price of $1 million.
By contrast, at four-hundred thousand big ones, this #001 2015 Corvette seems almost affordable.