Since Haiti was struck by a massive earthquake last Tuesday, there's been an outpouring of support from around the world. Automakers have contributed to the relief efforts with cash and other contributions, like Chrysler's donation of a Chrysler 300, which was signed by over 300 celebrities who attended Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony and will soon be auctioned off. HighGearMedia has been eager to lend a hand, too; if you click the banner at the top of this page, you'll be taken to an online donation form for the American Red Cross.
General Motors has already pledged $100,000 to the relief efforts through its charitable foundation, and now the company is stepping up to the plate again by sending a 2008 Chevrolet Corvette special edition Z06 to the 39th annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Proceeds from this weekend's sale will be given to the American Red Cross relief fund.
This special-edition Corvette was the last of 427 Z06 models to roll off Chevy's line in the 2008 model year. It's marked "427" on the hood, engine, seats, and floor mats. Like other Z06s, it features a 7.0-liter V8 with 505 hp, but this is the only model from 2008 to come with a Crystal Red Metallic paint job. Made specifically for the North American market, it also features Z06 markings on the wheels, plates, and spoiler.
If you're interested in bidding on this extremely sweet ride (and earning a little good karma while you're at it), look for lot #1318 this Saturday evening, January 23.
UPDATE: the Vette sold for a whopping $230,000. Congratulations and gratitude go to one lucky buyer -- and to General Motors for its generosity.