Barrett-Jackson 2020

First 2020 Chevy Corvette, 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible to cross the block at Barrett-Jackson this week

A general view of the atmosphere at the 2nd Annual Barrett-Jackson Orange County auction at OC Fair and Event Center on June 25, 2011 in Costa Mesa, California

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Two VIN 001 luxury sports cars are slated to go under the gavel at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction this week. The first production models of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette and 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible will be up for sale with proceeds from each benefitting various charities.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray VIN 001

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Lot #3007 is the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray VIN 001. The model is the first retail production of the new, next-gen mid-engine Chevy Corvette. The winner will receive a black-on-black Corvette 3LT model that is fully loaded with all options boxes checked. It is scheduled to be built in the first quarter of 2020.

That model delivers 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque from its 6.2-liter eight-cylinder engine. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 3LT package includes black seats with red trim, red seat belts, GT2 seats, removable roof panel, rear spoiler, Performance Data Recorder and the Z51 package.

The winning bidder will have the option to taking delivery of the car at the Corvette plant in Bowling Green, KY, with a hosted tour of the Corvette Museum. The new Corvette also will come with a letter of authenticity and some unique artwork.

The entire hammer price of the sale will benefit the Detroit Children's Fund - a non-profit organization that makes targeted investments to grow the number of quality schools in Detroit.

The model is expected to go on sale on Saturday, January 18 at 5:30 p.m. MST.

Click here to see AutomotiveMap's first drive review of the 2020 Corvette. You can see more pictures of the model here.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible

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Lot #3003 features the first production 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Inspiration Series VIN 001. There will only be 100 Inspiration Series models sold. The Series features design attributes not found in any other LC.

The LC 500 Convertible was first unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in late 2019 after about a year of teasing following the successful debut of the Lexus LC 500 and 500 Hybrid sports coupes.

Whomever wins the lot wlll receive the first model in the Inspiration Series. It will carry VIN 100001. It has exclusive features not found on any other Inspiration Series, including one-off color accents such as Liquid Platinum-colored headlamp garnishes, side intake garnishes, side mirror bottoms and taillamp garnishes. It also comes equipped with Liquid Graphite-colored forged alloy 21-inch wheels with gloss black accents, blue brake calipers the that match the Structural Blue paint job, and a carbon-fiber scruff plate that is imprinted with "LC Inspiration Series Launch Exclusive 1 of 1."

The winner also gets a custom Zero Halliburton luggage set, autographed memorabilia, an exclusive Lexus experience and more. Delivery of the vehicle is expected in July 2020.

The entire hammer price of the LC 500 Convertible will support the Boys & Girls Club of America and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

The sale of the convertible will be at 4:30 p.m. MST on Friday, January 17.

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible are both being sold with no reserve.

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New sports car

2022 Subaru BRZ pricing announced

The BRZ is all-new for 2022.

Subaru

Earlier this year, Subaru announced the all-new BRZ sports car, which is coming this fall to replace the previous generation of the car that was discontinued in 2020. It, along with its Toyota cousin, the 86, get more power, updated interiors, and better technology than their predecessors.

The BRZ Premium is the base trim of the car. It starts at $28,955 after destination. Adding an automatic transmission drives the price up by $1,600 to $30,555. The BRZ Limited starts at $31,455 after destination, which shifts to $33,255 with an automatic transmission.


2022 Subaru BRZ The BRZ's compact size and manual transmission make it enthusiast friendly.


The 2022 BRZ gets a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 228 horsepower. Part of the appeal of small, sporty cars like BRZ is that they are infinitely more fun to drive than larger, more computerized vehicles. To that end, the car comes standard with a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission. Buyers can opt to swap in a six-speed automatic transmission, but that almost defeats the point of the car. A Torsen limited-slip differential, vehicle stability control with track mode, and 17-inch wheels round out the car's standard performance features.

Inside, the BRZ comes with an 8-inch touchscreen that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and dual-zone automatic climate controls. A new gauge cluster display can show amps, coolant temperatures, or the car's lateral g-forces, and when track mode is engaged, the tachometer shifts from a circular to a color linear graph.


2022 Subaru BRZ An updated interior and tech are highlights of the new BRZ,

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Rare V8 roadster

This BMW Z8 is worth its price tag

The BMW Z8 is a modern classic.

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We could spend all day bemoaning car auctions' impact on vehicle pricing. Sites like Bring a Trailer and Cars and Bids invite frenzied buyers to offer wild sums of money for cars that might otherwise be considered ordinary. Some vehicles on those sites, however, are worth the coin, and we think this 2001 BMW Z8 is one of them. The 22,000-mile car's auction is almost over at the time of this post, and its sky-high price tag is actually warranted. The BMW Z8 is exceedingly rare to begin with, but this car's color combination of black over tan leather makes it even more of a unicorn, as only 229 were made in that combination.


BMW Z8 The Z8 took inspiration from BMW's classic roadsters.Bring a Trailer


Even the car's designer is noteworthy. Though he may be focusing on his own electric vehicle brand now, Henrik Fisker's 12-year run at BMW was the stuff of legend. Fisker's work included the design for the Z8, as well as contributions of the original X5 SUV, which is now part of an expansive BMW SUV and crossover lineup.

The Z8 reached legend status when it shuttled Pierce Brosnan's James Bond in The World Is Not Enough, but the cars were (and are) worthy of standing on their own. Under the hood, BMW installed a 394-horsepower 4.9-liter V8, which gave the car a claimed 0-62 mph time of just 4.2 seconds. That power reached the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, and this car has had maintenance performed to keep the drivetrain purring for years to come.


2001 BMW Z8 This Z8's color combination makes it exceedingly rare.Bring a Trailer


If you're wondering where this Z8's current bid price of $162,500 lands on the car's overall value spectrum, there's some good news, depending on how you view spending six figures on a car. Hagerty estimates that a Z8 in good condition should draw around $155,000, while a car in excellent condition should get $199,000. This car's mileage and condition match up with its price, which falls on the lower end of that range, and should allow it to be an actual driver for the right person. After all, what's the fun of buying a car just for display?

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