GM to Auction 'Cooksey' Corvette Z06 to Benefit Haiti Relief Efforts
By Greg Migliore
Jan. 21, 2010
General Motors will donate the proceeds from the sale of a
limited-edition Chevrolet Corvette 427 Z06 that is crossing the auction
block this weekend to help fund relief efforts in Haiti.
GM design boss Ed Welburn will introduce the car at the Barrett-Jackson
auction on Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz. The automaker will donate the
money from the sale to the American Red Cross to fund its work in
earthquake-devastated Haiti. The GM Foundation earlier donated $100,000
to the Red Cross for Haitian relief efforts.
The Corvette 427 up for auction is the last of the 427 cars built for
North America and the only 2008 Z06 painted red metallic. The 427 is a
reference to the big-block engines of the late 1960s and the
displacement of the 7.0-liter V8 that pumps out 505 hp. The sports car
is fitted with spider-designed Z06 wheels, a stinger-style hood stripe,
chrome exterior badging and a rear spoiler. Inside is dark titanium
leather and a red center trim plate.
All of the 427 limited-run Vettes were signed by Corvette plant manager
Will Cooksey, who retired in 2006 after leading the Bowling Green, Ky.,
facility for 15 years.
Go to: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20100121/CARNEWS/100129976