Home / Auto News / News article: First 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Sells For $600,000 - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Jan 22 2012, 1:00 PM

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The first ever 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible went for a hot $600,000 at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson auction. Sporting VIN #001, the convertible sports car was sold to Ron Pratte, a multi-millionaire who made his fortunes from wood framing and concrete foundations.

When the ‘Vette first hit the auction block, it caused a bidding frenzy quickly jumping up to over $200,000 when things started to die down. Then Jeff Gordon decided to make it more enticing by adding in his own racing suit and a VIP trip to the 2012 Daytona 500. The final $600,000 sale price wasn’t even the best part, as Eddie Vannoy added another $100,000 donation to the price of the car, which is going towards the AARP Drive for Hunger charity.

The Corvette 427 features an LS7 engine from the Z06 with 505-hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. It’s the most powerful engine ever placed into a Corvette convertible. It’s also outfitted with several carbon fiber pieces in order to save some pounds, with the convertible weighing in at 3,555-lbs. Its 0-60 mph time is a scant 3.8-seconds while it can clock the quarter mile in just 11.8-seconds.

GALLERY: Corvette 427 Convertible

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  • Ryan

    “It’s the most powerful engine ever placed into a Corvette convertible.”

    3555 lbs…this thing is a heffer of a vette. As far as I’m aware, the current convertibles weigh ~3290 lbs…

    0.8L of engine shouldn’t weigh 250 lbs.

  • carlos

    well, well. i bit the bait!!! i bought a corvette 427. boy it is gorgeous,really fast. i wish to keep on talking up but that is as far as i can go. the car came with a defect on the steering column. the dealer replaced the 3 components responsable for the steering of the corvette. did not fix the problem. i got inform that GM was in a hurry redesingning a new steering column for the vehicle. finally the steering column was fixed,took more than 21 days). the car was opened and put on the surgery table at least 5 times. whats the result of it:
    1) car leaks, my driveway ruined
    2)a friction noise when you take off. got told that is a normal noise for gm 6 speed transmition.the only problem is the noise was not there before surgery at the dealer.
    3)the carpet going up to the center console does not cover the spot anymore, so i can see the transmition of my vett.(service manager told me to keep an eye on it, seems the carpet got cut short at GM factory and it is not covering the way it suppose. to my confort, he will order a new carpet in the event that the transmition shows to me again.
    by now you may think this is enough, right?
    well i am sorry to disappoint you but there is more:
    going back a month for the time we were purchasing the corvette, the sale person offered us a $500.00 rebate, what he forgot to tell us was that by accepting the $500.00 we automatically wave our rights for ” love it or return it , no questions ask “. hahaha,hahahaha. it is a joke, not mad at the sales person, just feel so stupid trusting him. this part we definitely deserve.
    so now GM is off of the hook and the consumer beatten up
    NOt REALLY A CHANGE THAT WE CAN COUNT ON
    my name is carlos and i aprove this message