Chevrolet, is celebrating its 100-year performance heritage with a Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette, which features a sleek black color scheme, unique design elements. The Centennial Edition package will be available on all Corvette models – including Grand Sport, Z06 and ZR1 – starting this summer.
The new edition will be debuted at the Barrett-Jackson car auction in West Palm Beach, Fla., this Saturday night. The manufacturer will auction a Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition with proceeds going to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. This foundation supporting children and families dealing with cancer is a key partner with the American Le Mans Series, serving as the the official charity of the series.
“The Austin Hatcher Foundation is honored to be a part of Chevrolet's 100th anniversary celebration” said Dr. James M. Osborn, co-founder and chairman of the board at the Austin Hatcher Foundation, “and we look forward to using this generous donation to make a difference in the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families.”
The model will be the 100th 2012 Corvette off the assembly line with a vehicle identification number ending in “00100.” The sale of the car, lot number 654.1, will air live on SPEED in primetime. Lot details can be found online through the Barrett-Jackson.com.
The Centennial Edition package comes exclusively in Carbon Flash Metallic, with satin-black graphics and unique Centennial Satin Black wheels and red brake calipers. The wheels are constructed of lightweight cast-spun aluminum and include a thin red outline around the perimeter of its surface on the Z06. The wheels are specific to the respective Corvette models, including 18-inch/19-inch for Coupe, Convertible and Grand Sport; and 19-inch/20-inch for Z06 and ZR1. Magnetic Selective Ride Control, the world's fastest-reacting suspension, according to Chevy, is included on all Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette models.
The Centennial Edition also features special badges that signify Chevrolet's racing history. A graphic logo featuring an iconic image of Louis Chevrolet appears on the B-pillars, the center caps of the wheels, and the center of the steering wheel. The seat headrests also carry an embossed centennial logo. Aficionados will note one other small detail: The historic crossed flags badge contains a small adaptation, with “100” in place of the traditional fleur-de-lis symbol.
The exterior color scheme is reinforced inside the car, with the ebony leather-wrapped instrument panel and doors complimented by red stitching also on the steering wheel, seats, console and shifter. The seats feature microfiber suede accents on seats, steering wheel, shifter and armrests, which were first used on the 2011 Z06 Carbon Limited Edition.
The winning bidder for the car at the Barrett-Jackson auction will also receive the Corvette Engine Build Experience program – which allows Z06 or ZR1 buyers to build their own engine alongside expert technicians – as well as the opportunity to take delivery of the car at the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky.