And the money is even being used for good.
The Chevrolet Corvette is a thing of fascination and beauty. It's immensely popular and always has been, but lately, demand has reached an all-time high. When the long-awaited Z06 version arrives, in both coupe and convertible guises, there's going to be another feeding frenzy for the Corvette, but with the most expensive Stingray version for 2022 carrying a six-figure price tag, Corvettes are not exactly affordable for the average Joe. But what if we told you that you could get a Corvette for $3? That sounds impossible, but it's exactly what is being offered by a group called the Corvette Heroes.
The Corvette Heroes own a collection of 'Vettes known as The Lost Corvettes. This was a collection of 36 classic Corvettes, one each from 1953 to 1989, that was formerly owned by pop artist Peter Max, who purchased the collection from the winner of a VH1 giveaway in 1989. His goal was to turn each car into a unique art piece, but he never got around to it and the cars lay neglected in a series of New York City parking garages. The owners of the garages, the Spindler and Heller families, came together with Corvette enthusiast Chris Mazzilli to buy the entire collection and form the Corvette Heroes. Together, all 36 Corvettes were restored and the group opted to give random Americans the chance to own a classic Corvette through a national raffle that would benefit war veterans.
On Friday, 24 September at 11 AM at Motor Bella in Detroit, six of these classics will be presented to the fourth group of raffle winners. The first 10 were given away as part of a Veterans Day ceremony in NYC while the second group of six was awarded during a pre-Memorial Day ceremony that also took place in NYC. That was followed by another six being given away at the Chicago Auto Show in July. After the six 'Vettes are given away at Motor Bella, the remaining examples will be passed on at two more events over the course of this year, with tickets available at a cost of just $3 each from www.thelostcorvettes.com.
The sweepstakes draw benefits Stand for the Troops, a non-profit that "offers a diverse set of therapies to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and other permanent and debilitating psychological and physical wounds of war." So get involved, help out veterans, and maybe go home with a cool classic Corvette.