First-Production Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Will Be Auctioned Off For Veterans
What better way to ring in 2018 with a one-of-a-kind Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Editionby Kirby Garlitos, on
The Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition is a saucy little number, isn’t it? Thanks to General Motors and the George W. Bush Presidential Center, you now have a chance to become the first owner of the special edition sports car when it goes up for auction at the upcoming Barret-Jackson Scottsdale event this coming January. Proceeds from the sale from the auction will go to the Bush Center’s Military Service Initiative, a charity that focuses on supporting post-9/11 veterans and helping them transition back to civilian life. The charity is supported by no less than former US President George W. Bush.
The Corvette Carbon 65 Edition made its debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show in April, created in no small part to Chevy’s motivation to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the legendary sports car. The car itself isn’t a special edition in the traditional sense of the phrase. Instead, the Carbon 65 Edition is a package that can be added to either coupe or convertible versions of the Corvette. The package consists mainly of exterior and interior upgrades, and Chevy is only creating 650 of them. That “numbered” status is a big part of the Corvette Carbon 65 Edition’s appeal, and the fact that the first-of-its-kind is headed to the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction makes this specific model all the more desirable. So is the fact that it will be signed by President Bush himself. That’s an extra shot of provenance for a special edition package that breathes new life into the iconic American sports car.
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Proceeds from the sale from the auction will go to the Bush Center’s Military Service Initiative, a charity that focuses on supporting post-9/11 veterans and helping them transition back to civilian life
I don’t suppose that there any more lingering doubts about the appeal of the Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition. It’s numbered to just 650 units all over the world, so there’s a specific figure attached to its status of exclusivity. It also comes with plenty of exclusive features, beginning with significant modifications to the Corvette’s body. Some of the more obvious of these exclusive options include a Ceramic Matrix Grey finish on all the visible carbon fiber elements in its body. Coupe models of the Corvette Carbon 65 Edition also gain a carbon fiber hood section, carbon fiber roof, and blacked out wheels with their own carbon fiber logo center caps. On the other hand, convertible models stand to get carbon tonneau inserts. Step inside, and the cabin of the Corvette Carbon 65 Edition is treated to a Jet Black suede upholstery with matching gloss carbon fiber trim and a carbon fiber steering wheel. Blue stitching throughout adds color while the “Carbon 65 Edition” sill plates make for perfect identifiers of the car’s special edition status.
Each of the 650 units of the Corvette Carbon 65 does not come with any engine upgrades. The good news is that, as well as coming in either coupe or convertible versions; the package is also available to different versions of the ‘Vette. If you opt for the Corvette Grand Sport, you stand to get a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Spend a little more on the car, and you can get the Corvette Z06 that comes with a supercharged LT4 engine and an output of 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. Both variants of the Corvette include options for a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Prices for the Corvette Carbon 65 Edition vary depending on the variant, though the cost of the package itself is fixed at $15,000
Prices for the Corvette Carbon 65 Edition vary depending on the variant, though the cost of the package itself is fixed at $15,000. Get the Grand Sport 3LT trim that starts from $76,190, and you’re looking at total cost of $91,190. Loosen those purse strings a bit more, and you can avail of the Z06-based Corvette Carbon 65 Edition in either coupe or convertible versions for a total cost of $104,390 and $108,390, respectively.
Then again, the best way to get some provenance to go with your Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition it to make a run at the first-production model that’s signed by a former POTUS when it goes under the hammer at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale on January 2018.
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