At the recent Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction, the very first Corvette Z06 Carbon limited edition model hit the block, fetching $297,000 – roughly triple the sticker price. Along with tacking possession of a very limited edition (just 500 units) Corvette, the unnamed owner will also be given a tour of GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom, Mich., where the LS7 and LS9 engines in the Z06 and ZR1 are assembled by hand, and be able to watch the car be assembled at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Ky.
Created to celebrate 50 years since a Corvette first raced at Le Mans, the Carbon Edition Vette includes Brembo carbon ceramic brakes (straight from the ZR1), as well as 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, coated in Michelin PS2 tires. Upgraded engine and transmissions coolers are part of the package, as is a Magnetic Selective Ride Control system. And let’s not forget a special carbon fiber hood (lighter than the one used on the ZR1), as well as a carbon fiber engine cover, carbon fiber rocker panels and front splitter. There’s even a ZR1-inspired rear spoiler, plus black headlights and mirrors. Chevy claims that on a race track like Laguna Seca, the Carbon Edition model will be up to three seconds faster per lap.
Chevys have a long history of fetching high prices at auction, with the first 2010 Corvette selling from $350,000 and the first ZR1 selling for one million dollars.
GALLERY: Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition