The first 2023 Corvette Z06 70th anniversary edition to roll off the retail production line went for $3.6 million on Saturday at Barrett-Jackson.
The weekends are always big for the annual auction in Scottsdale, but the chance to own the first 70th-anniversary edition of America’s sports car was sure to draw crowds. And have bidders reaching deep into their pockets for VIN 001.
The corvette was auctioned for charity, with all the proceeds benefitting Operation Homefront. Another $100,000 was donated to the cause, taking the total raised to $3.7 million for the charity that supports military families.
Rapper and singer Pitbull auctioned a car for charity. His 2022 Karma GS-6 went for $500,000 to benefit the SLAM Foundation and Selfless Love Foundation, two charities that help underserved youth. Plus, another $200,000 was donated to the charities.
Saturday’s top non-charity sale was a 2004 Porsche Carrera GT that went for $1.98 million. All of the top 10 non-charity sales broke the $1 million mark.
Here are 10 auctioned cars at Barrett-Jackson Saturday, including the final sale prices.
2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, VIN 001
The winning bidder won’t drive home in the 70th anniversary Corvette, but they will be first in line when retail production begins this summer. Celebrating a 70-year love affair with Corvettes, the new model will have an all-new 5.5-liter LT6 with the highest horsepower, naturally aspirated V8 to ever hit the production car market, according to the descriptor. The Z06 has a wider, lower appearance as designers pulled out the fenders to accommodate larger wheels and air intakes. The Corvette was expected to cross the auction block around 8:30 p.m. Went for: $3.6 million.
2022 Karma GS-6 EV
California-based Karma Automotive created this car with 536 horsepower exclusively for Grammy Award-winning artist Pitbull. It’s known as the 305 Edition, a nod to Pitbull’s “Mr. 305” nickname. The descriptor highlights an “integrated UI/UX infotainment experience like no other vehicle on the road.” The car was auctioned around 6:30 p.m. Went for: $500,000.
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
This red 300SL gullwing coupe is one of 855 made in 1955 and was delivered that year to its first owner, the Ministry of Police in Havana, Cuba. The car took first place at the Havana Grand Prix National Race in 1957 before being purchased by a California owner, according to the descriptor. The car is powered by its original matching-numbers M198 3.0-liter SOHC inline-6 engine. Went for: $1.87 million.
2014 McLaren P1
Its exterior is liquid silver and its stats show the sports car can go from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds. This first hybrid supercar was limited to a worldwide production of 375 cars, with 727 brake horsepower from the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8, and 176 brake horsepower from the electric engine, according to the descriptor. Went for: $1.705 million.
2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
This is one of only 918 examples of Porsche’s premiere hybrid hypercar produced, according to the descriptor. It’s powered by a naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V8 engine that works with two electric motors on the front and rear axles. Combined, the 918 has a total power output of 887 horsepower. The Porsche is white with a red interior. Went for: $1.815 million.
2019 McLaren Senna
This liquid silver sportscar was purchased for $2.7 million at a charity auction in London in 2017. “The McLaren Senna is the most track-focused road car McLaren has built, setting the fastest lap times of any McLaren road car to date,” according to the descriptor. It’s powered by a 4.0-liter twin electrically actuated twin-scroll turbocharged dry-sump V8 engine, creating 789 horsepower. Went for: $1.512 million.
2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6X6 BRABUS B63S 700
The off-road capabilities of this Mercedes-Benz are unparalleled, according to the descriptor, with six driven wheels, five lockable differentials and three rigid axles that can operate autonomously to manage the 700 brake horsepower produced by an AMG-built/BRABUS upgraded 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Despite the heavy-duty size, it can go from zero to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds, according to the descriptor. Went for: $1.21 million.
2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition
The GT can reach 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and has a top speed of more than 216 mph, according to the descriptor. A 647 horsepower 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine sits behind the driver. This limited-edition model celebrates the 1966 Le Mans-winning GT40 Mark II race car piloted by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon. In homage, it’s finished in Shadow Black paint with silver stripes and No. 2 graphics on the hood and doors. Went for: $1.43 million.
1962 Shelby Cobra CSX 2032 ‘Lance Reventlow Cobra’
This is a car with history. It was purchased in 1963 by British-born American entrepreneur, racing driver and heir to the Woolworth fortune Lance Reventlow, according to the descriptor. The Cobra was highly optioned and ordered with nearly all factory-available competition items. “Reventlow may have simply decided to order a Cobra with as many available options as possible in an effort to lend financial support to his friend (Carroll) Shelby,” according to the World Registry of Cobras & GT40s cited in the descriptor. Reventlow owned Scarab, an American racing constructor based in Venice, California. When he shuttered his racing outfit in 1962, Reventlow leased the shop and manufacturing facility to Shelby to develop and build the Shelby Cobra. Included in Saturday’s auction is the first rent check. Went for: $907,500.
1967 Chevrolet Yenko Super Camaro 427/450
This deep blue beauty was upgraded to Super Camaro 450 standard, replacing the 396-cubic inch short-block for an L72 427-cubic inch unit after it was shipped to Yenko Chevrolet in Pennsylvania in 1967. The dealership was owned by race driver Don Yenko, who “stoked the 1960s “muscle car wars” with his wild 427-powered Super Camaro,” according to the descriptor. It notes the car has been documented as one of 54 original 1967 Yenko Super Camaros. Went for: $632,500.
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