Want to own Corvette Z06 Carbon number 01? All you have to do is show up in Palm Beach Florida and outbid what are sure to be many bidders as the first of a limited edition of Carbons is headed to Barrett Jackson on April 3rd. Just as with all first run Vettes, this Carbon edition should stir up some excitement and plenty of bids.
The 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon promises to be an instant classic with many items on it taken right from the ZR1 such as its Brembo brakes, magnetic ride control, its spoiler, and its splitter. However, the Corvette Carbon is not going to be some hybrid offspring of the ZR1 and it will in its own right be something special.
GM will only produce 500 total 2011 Corvette Carbons and you can get yours at dealerships this summer, but don’t expect to pay sticker. The list of those who are already chomping at the bit to own this sophisticated piece of machinery is long and distinguished. Really who could blame anyone for wanting to own this beast?
The car is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Corvette at the 24-Hours of La Mans and as the name implies there is plenty of carbon fiber smattered throughout the car. Included in the parts being composed of the lightweight material are the rocker panels, the engine cover, and steering wheel emblem. Even the transmission syncros are carbon coated. The limited Vette is finished off with black out head lamps, side mirrors, and black spoke rims complimented with numbering that looks almost Euro-style.
When it is all said and done the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon is a light and fit Corvette that is capable of beating the standard Z06 Corvette by a full three seconds per lap at storied race venue Laguna Seca. While the lightened weight certainly has something to do with the faster time, the Michelin PS2 Pilots on all four corners don’t hurt either.
GM has had a lot of recent success when selling its first runs at Barrett Jackson and in 2009 the first Corvette ZR1 went for a mere $1 million. GM also sold the first retail 2010 Camaro with the auction house for $350,000. With numbers like that you just know that the first Corvette Carbon is bound to bring in the bids.
The auction will be televised on Speed and if you are a Corvette fanatic you will not want to miss this piece of history when it hits the auction block. Though you may not be able to afford to bid on the first ever Corvette Carbon you can still get caught up in the thrill of all those who will be pushing the bid higher and higher.
Whoever does end up with Corvette Carbon number 01 will have a tough choice to make. Do they drive it around and enjoy all that is Corvette or do they simply make it into a show car and lovingly stare at it day after day? While the latter is probably best for retail purposes, driving it would be a lot more fun.