Barrett-Jackson Charity Auction Will Feature First 2019 Corvette and First 2017 Ford GT
Let the Rivalry Live On, But for a Good Cause
The famous Barret-Jackson Auction gets to add two more legendary rides to their long list of successful transactions. Both the brand new 2019 Chevrolet Corvette and the first current model of 2017 Ford GT will be bid on in the name of charity. This year’s “Driven Hearts” benefit auction goes out to several different organizations, but will be donating a majority of its profits to The American Heart Association. Along side a number of other “star cars”, bidders have access to rare machines ranging from roadsters to Bennington pontoon boats.
What most of us are really looking forward to is seeing what the first model of the current generation of GT is going to sell for, and how that price is going to compare to the first ever 2019 Corvette. While the 2017 Ford GT in general may be more of a rare find, the 2019 Corvette is going to pump out more horsepower, and is also not build yet. This means the buyer is going to be able to personalize the Vette with custom specs fit to their particular liking.
The 2019 ZR1 Corvette has a sticker price of $199,995, exactly half of what the 2017 GT costs at around $400,000. At auction both are likely to go for much more. While the first 2017 Ford GT may be worth twice as much as the new Corvette, it has 100 fewer horses and two less cylinders. The GT’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 pushes a maximum of 647-horsepower, and the Vette comes in on top with its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that maxes at 755-horsepower.
“Our 47th Annual Scottsdale charity docket features some of the rarest vehicles available for purchase in the world,” stated the president of Barrett-Jackson, Steve Davis. In addition to the two beauties listed above, there will also be a 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Z06 Coupe. Carolyn and Craig Jackson themselves will also donate their personal 1988 Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition towards the American Heart Association.
The very premise surrounding the rich swapping cars for tax write offs under the name of charity screams super luxury. The models up for sale will be a surefire representation of this vanity, and there is no doubt that this is going to be an auction to remember with these rides available. Last year’s auction hit a record with $102 million in total sales, $2.2 million of which ended up in various charities. The proceeds from this year’s 2017 Ford GT up for grabs will be going to the Autism Society of North Carolina. Proceeds from the soon-to-be-made 2019 Corvette ZR1 will be going to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to the Towers Foundation, a tribute to Stephen Siller, a FDNY firefighter who laid down his life for others on 9/11.