General Motors will sell a limited edition 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to benefit recovery efforts in Haiti. The car, part of the 427 special edition, will be sold at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction this weekend.
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake began just before 5 p.m. on 12 January with an epicenter roughly 15 miles southwest of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. As many as 200,000 people were killed in the disaster, which destroyed much of the areas buildings and infrastructure. At least 33 aftershocks, measuring up to magnitude 6.1, have been felt since.
Each of the 427 units in the edition features a 7.0-liter V8 engine producing 505 horsepower. Units were painted in Crystal Red Metallic with a "Stinger-style stripe," and ride on chrome Z06 wheels. Interior touches include Dark Titanium leather features, and Crystal Red trim. A healthy amount of 427 badging is placed all over the vehicle, including the autograph of now-retired Corvette plant manager Will Cooksey. Cooksey also individually numbered each unit.
The 2008 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Special Edition Z06 will hit the auction block Saturday night. The 39th Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction began earlier this week in Scottsdale, Arizona, and concludes on Sunday. GM did not state which charity would receive the donation from the car's sale.