Barrett-Jackson to auction off the first Corvette Grand Sport Collector’s Edition

Chevrolet has announced plans to auction off the first 2017 Corvette Grand Sport Collector’s Edition.

Set to go under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction on April 8th, the model features a Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior with Tension Blue graphics, satin black stripes, and 19- / 20-inch wheels with a black finish.  The model has also been equipped with a Z06-inspired grille, wider rear fenders, and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

Interior changes are fairly limited but the buyer will find Tension Blue leather upholstery and suede accents.  The model also features embroidered headrests and an instrument panel plaque that indicates the car wears VIN #001.

Power is provided by a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine that produces 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.  The company declined to say which transmission the first car has but the standard Grand Sport can be equipped with either a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.

One hundred percent of the sale price will go to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.  In addition, the GM Foundation has made a $400,000 donation to the institute.

Those unable to bid in the auction can buy the Corvette Grand Sport when it goes on sale this summer.  Customers interested in the Corvette Grand Sport Collector’s Edition will have to wait a little bit longer as that particular variant will go on sale late this year.

Gallery: 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Collector’s Edition