The Grand Sport Version of the Corvette comes with a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine, which delivers 460 HP and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) of torque.
The special Collector Edition is a limited production model and comes with a “Watkins Glen Gray Metallic” exterior with “Tension Blue” graphics and satin black full-length stripes.
Its wheels are painted black, and the exclusive shade of Blue is also used for the leather and suede-wrapped interior.
The original Corvette Grand Sport racecar's shape is embossed in the headrests, and the same shape can be found on the instrument panel, which features an individual plaque with a unique build sequence number.
This event is not the first time GM is supporting a charity through the sale of a particular vehicle in an auction. Last year, the auction organized by Barrett-Jackson raised $200,000 through the sale of the first production retail Cadillac CT6. The proceedings from the sale will also be used to support the research of cancer and the struggle to find a cure for this horrible disease.
In addition to the donation of the proceeds from this sale, expected to go beyond $100,000, General Motors will assist the Karmanos Cancer Institute through the GM Foundation, which has made a grant of $400,000 to fund cancer research at Karmanos.
2016 is the sixth consecutive year in which General Motors is a major sponsor for the Karmanos Cancer Institute’s 34th Annual Dinner. A GM executive will chair the event, and participants will be invited to donate generous sums of money to support the Institute.
The Karmanos facility is considered at the forefront of developing new cancer treatments, as it is focused on research, patient care and education, all for the prevention or early detection of this disease. Naturally, the center also focuses on the treatment and eventual eradication of cancer.