He beat the Patriots twice. Can you guess who it is?
When you win the Superbowl, hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy is typically rewarding enough. But for many years, the winner of the Most Valuable Player award also received a free car. This has often been a sports car or truck from General Motors, but in recent years has switched to Hyundai or Genesis products. But over in the MLB, the World Series MVP was given a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Now that you're up to speed, we can focus on the car at hand.
Back in 2012 when the New York Giants defeated Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the Superbowl, Giants quarterback Eli Manning was given a C6 Corvette as a prize for being chosen as the game's MVP. No longer having a need for the car, Manning decided to partner with All-In Challenge to auction it off for charity.
The car in question is this 2012 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport Convertible. The auction lists it as a limited-run Centennial Edition package, which included Carbon Flash Metallic paint, satin-black graphics, satin-black wheels, unique badges depicting company founder Louis Chevrolet, a special-trimmed interior, and Magnetic Selective Ride Control.
But judging on the image provided in the auction and Manning's video on Twitter, the Corvette appears to be a standard Grand Sport model. Even so, it is powered by a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine producing 436 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque. Manning hasn't driven the car much during his ownership period, only racking up 5,830 miles.
The auction ended with 29 bids, the highest one totaling $140,000. Not only does the winner get the celebrity-owned Corvette, but the car will be hand-delivered by Manning himself after it becomes safe to do so. 100 percent of the proceeds raised by the auction will benefit charities including Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry, America's Food Fund, World Central Kitchen, and Feeding America, who are all working on the front lines during the Covid-19 pandemic. Manning then challenged his former team to auction off its own package to benefit front-line workers.