Yesterday was the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction and General Motors used the event to sell the very first 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition. The model went under the hammer and made $600,000.

Yesterday was the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction and General Motors used the event to sell the very first 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition. The model went under the hammer and made $600,000 - all of which is donated to charity.

The Corvette 427 Convertible is billed as a collectors edition, it moulds aspects of the Z06 and ZR1 and is described as the fastest and most-capable convertible in Corvette's history. Under the hood, the 427 gets the Z06's 427-cubic-inch (7.0L) LS7 engine which boasts power figures of 505 horsepower (512 PS / 377 kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque.

The overall weight has been reduced to 3,355 pounds (1,522 kg) with several carbon-fiber body parts. These included replacing the hood, fenders, floor panels, front splitter and rocker panels with the lighter material.

The upgrades to the 427 Convertible result in a 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds, the quarter-mile is completed in 11.8 seconds and has a top speed of more than 190 mph making it one of the fastest convertibles in the world.

The first 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition carries a Vehicle Identification Number ending in 001, proceeds from the sale will benefit AARP's Drive to End Hunger food relief program. Anyone else looking to get their hands on the same model will have to wait until it hits dealerships in early summer.

 

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First 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible auctions for $600K