A rare Corvette Z06, donated by General Motors, raised $121,000 for Autism Speaks this past weekend at the 2007 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction. Car collector John O'Quinn of Houston, Texas, was the winning bidder, with a final bid of $110,000. The final amount of the donation includes a 10% buyers premium.
On hand to assist with the auction were actor Anthony Edwards (formerly of NBC's “ER”) and Autism Speaks Executive Committee Member and Cure Autism Now founder Jon Shestack, who spoke to the audience about Autism Speaks' and its mission.
The rare Arctic White Corvette Z06, donated by General Motors Highlights from the Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
(Windows Media Video, ~2 minutes) The Corvette Z06 is the first signed special edition in Corvette's 54-year history, and is the first Arctic White Z06 ever offered. Only 399 of these vehicles were produced: approximately 300 for the United States, 33 for Canada and 66 for other export markets. Number 399, the last of the limited series, features American Le Mans Series GT1 Driving Champion Ron Fellows' autograph in the console, dated January 23, 2007 while the car was still on the assembly line. Ron Fellows was on hand for the auction in Monterey. For more on the car, visit the RM Auctions site.
Thanks to General Motors and thanks also to Ron Myers and Ian Kellaher of RM Auctions.