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A Bittersweet Farewell to the last C7 Corvette
Chevrolet Corvettes have always been rather special. One of the few American automobiles that can go up against the European supercars and beat them at their own game, they are dubbed as the supercar-killers of America. With the production stretching as far back as 2014, the C7 Corvette saw a lot of upgrades for its generation. It was the one which gave us the all-powerful 755-hp ZR1. Alas, with the new C8 just around the corner, the last of the C7 Corvettes rolled off the GM Assembly Plant in Bowling, Green, Kentucky on the 14th of November. The car was sold to esteemed car collector Dan Snyder at the Barrett-Jackson auction in July. It sold for $2.7 million, making it the highest-selling car to be donated by a manufacturer. All the proceedings will go to building smart homes for veterans.
A Brute Laid to Rest
The last of the C7 Corvette is a Z06 in gloss black color scheme with Adrenaline Red finish. It boasts a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine under the hood that delivers 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. Equipped with the Z07 performance package, the ‘Vette has enhanced suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes, and a Performance Data Recorder. It is capable of a 0-60 time of 2.7 seconds. With exclusive red leather interior upholstery and a sports steering, it is a fitting send-off to a generation of Corvettes that saw the best of what American supercars had to offer.
A Cause of Goodwill and Faith
The last C7 Corvette will serve as an addition to the collection of Dan Snyder, an American businessman who has a sorted collection of supercars. He is also the one who owns the last production versions of the Dodge Viper and Dodge Demon. All the proceedings from the auction would be dispatched to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, an organization named after Stephen Siller, a firefighter who lost his life to helping those in need of rescue during the infamous 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Foundation is dedicated to helping war veterans and their families for over 17 years. The funds from Dan’s car would help in building smart homes for disabled vets who have served in various wings of the US Armed Forces.
So, what’s next for the ‘Vette?
The Corvette has entered into its 8th generation for 2020. The new C8 Corvettes will be mid-engined and are rumored to be even more powerful than its predecessor. Chevrolet has already begun the production of the entry-level Stingray, which is already making waves with its impressive performance figures. Though we still have to wait a few months until the full lineup is revealed, it is safe to say that the next generation of Corvettes would hold the flame high and prove that performance prowess is not yet lost in American sports cars.
Anuron Deka is a passionate driver whose love for cars can only be matched by his passion for writing. Hence naturally, after obtaining a Master’s degree in Engineering, he migrated to a job that lets him explore both of his passions.
Apart from cars, he is a hardcore soccer lover and an aspiring chef. His club is Manchester United and has been religiously following the club since David Beckham was a Red Devil. He loves exploring foods from all across the world. What he loves more is cooking them.