You'll need to be a big spender to get it.
The spy shots, teasers, and speculation are finally over, the long-awaited mid-engined Corvette will finally make its debut on July 18th! This is huge news because the Corvette will be ditching the front-engined rear-wheel-drive layout it has used since its inception back in 1953. The current C7 generation car will be the final iteration of the Corvette as we have always known it, which should make it a historically significant car for sure.
It will be cool for C7 owners to say they have an example of the last front-engined Corvette ever (assuming the C8 will be mid-engined-only) but now General Motors will offer up the opportunity to truly own the last front-engined Corvette when it goes up for auction this summer.
The announcement was made along with the official confirmation of the C8. The last ever C7 will be auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast sale in Connecticut on June 28 with the proceeds going to charity. "GM, GMC, and Chevrolet support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its commitment to injured and fallen military members, first responders and their families,” said GM CEO Barra. "The sale of this iconic Corvette will help the foundation continue its good work, and pave the way for the Next Generation Corvette that we will introduce on July 18th.”
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation was named after a New York City firefighter named Stephen Siller, who died on September 11, 2001. The foundation builds mortgage-free smart homes for injured service members and helps pay off the mortgages for the families of first responders killed in the line of duty.
The final C7 Corvette will be a black 2019 Z06 model, but we don't know if it will be a coupe or convertible and what transmission it will have. It's interesting that the final C7 won't be one of the recently-announced Final Edition models or the most powerful ZR1. We still expect the car to bring big bucks for charity and be historically significant as the last of an era.