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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Jeep has begun teasing its newest three-row SUVs.

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The Jeep Grand Wagoneer. It's wood-paneled sides, cavernous interior, go-anywhere capability. It was the bee's knees. Now those vintage models are a collector's item. Soon, it will be reborn.

A new teaser from Jeep simply states, "Grand" and the definition "magnificent or striking in appearance, size, or style". While AutomotiveMap is pretty sure that the teaser is for the return of the Grand Wagoneer, Jeep also has a redo of the Grand Cherokee and a few other things in its sights. Perhaps this is a BOGO (or three or four) teaser.

A Jeep product presentation for investors earlier this year detailed the forthcoming model rollout, including modifications to the plan due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It states that a new three-row Jeep E-Segment model is coming in the first quarter of 2021. Separately it lists the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer as coming in the second quarter of 2021 followed by the next-generation Grand Cherokee.

All the models are scheduled to have some level of electrification (product plans say PHEV, which would be on-par with the new PHEV Compass, Renegade, and Wrangler offerings) as well as an advanced level of autonomy (don't expect anything too revolutionary here) and connectivity.

The new Wagoneer full-size SUV that Jeep is debuting is expected to compete directly with the Chevrolet Suburban. The Suburban was redesigned for the 2021 model year and, in addition to a bevy of tech updates, the model has significantly expanded its third-row legroom.

Product plants show that the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are different vehicles. Not much is known for sure about the two models, but rumors are rampant. One that seems to have sticking power is that the Grand Wagoneer will have finer appointments than the Wagoneer, which could be designed to be more off-road-ready.

The Grand Cherokee is going to be a two-row SUV built on the same platform as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

The most mysterious model is the three-row E-Segment model that Jeep has said is coming. E-Segment models are typically large, showy flagships - sometimes large cars, but other times wagons. Jeep has also said that an electrified version of the Wrangler is on the way. Does A +B = C? Only time will tell.

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The Toyota Tundra is due for a redo, but it still has a lot to like if you're not too picky.

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Americans buy millions of trucks every year. Even in the midst of a pandemic, folks are still buying trucks. In 2019, between all the various full-size truck models from Ford, Ram, GM, Nissan, and Toyota, U.S. customers bought nearly 2.5 million pickups — and that doesn't include all the smaller midsize models, which add another 600,000 to the truck total.

Nearly all of those truck sales are dominated by the big three of Ford, RAM, and GM, but there's a not insignificant niche carved out by Toyota as well. The endlessly-popular Tacoma is the best-selling midsize truck, and the full-size Toyota Tundra has a loyal and dedicated following.

2019 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition On the outside, the truck looks strong and capable - it is.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

I know a few Tundra owners who love their trucks just as passionately as Ford and Chevy owners do. I've driven most of the pickups on the market, but I haven't spent much time behind the wheel of Toyota's big truck — and I was curious to see what Toyota was doing to compete.

My test unit was the premium, Western-themed "1794 Edition" that honors the founding of the JLC Ranch in San Antonio, Texas on which Toyota now has a truck assembly plant. Unsurprisingly, it's the same plant that built this truck. 1794 is basically Toyota's version of Ford's King Ranch, only with less-impressive brand awareness.

The model weighed in at $55,199, including option-boxes ticked for the TRD Off-Road Package ($155), running boards ($345), moonroof ($850), and a spray-on bedliner ($579). All in, it's certainly not a cheap truck, but it's not crazy expensive either. The big three all have ultra-luxe truck trims that can run well-north of $70,000, so this was a very reasonable top-line truck.

It's also not nearly as well-appointed as those other trucks, but it's certainly nice enough. Inside, there is "1794" embellishment on the floor mats and the center console, plus wood trim on the steering wheel, dash, and gear shift.

2019 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition There are nods to the 1794 Edition throughout the cabin.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

It's very roomy, and things are laid out logically — which is a good thing considering how old the Tundra is. The interior was last redesigned the better half of a decade ago, and this generation of the truck is nearly old enough to enter high school. So, it's a bit old, but aging gracefully which, perhaps, shows why Tundra owners like it so much. They know what they're going to get.

One thing they'll get is a lot of stops at the pump. The 5.7-liter V8 is extremely thirsty, scoring just 14 mpg combined city and highway, though the engine itself is buttery smooth and capable. Pushing 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, you won't have any complaints as long as fuel prices stay around two dollars per gallon. If prices shoot back up north of $4, it might be another story.

The exterior is pleasing enough, with a giant big chrome grille on the front and special 1794 badging on the doors. The Tundra has aged well and was particularly striking in the brilliant Voodoo Blue coloring that my tester sported.

2019 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition The cabin is straight out of the middle of the last decade.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The interior is solidly dated compared to the competition, but it's all functional enough. The 2020 edition of the Tundra gains Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is enough to get me to ignore the massive "Home/Apps/Audio" buttons that surround the screen.

With the competition launching enormous 12-inch-plus touchscreens, I don't think Toyota will be able to wait too much longer before reworking this interior. In the middle console are numerous cupholders and storage cubbies, surrounding an enormous phallic shifter. There's a massive center storage bin under the armrest, which will come in handy for those using their truck as an office.

The rear seats have tremendous amounts of legroom, and the seats fold up to allow for more interior storage, though I wish the rear floor was totally flat to make loading Costco water bottles a little easier.

2019 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition The rear seats fold up allowing for more versatile cargo space.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

In the back, there's a truck bed. It's for putting stuff in. There's nothing elaborate here with in-bed lighting or fancy tailgates like the GMC Sierra has. It's just a truck bed, with a tailgate, that you can fill with things.

That's perhaps the best way to describe the Toyota Tundra. It's a pickup that allows you to haul things around. No fuss, no muss, nothing crazy. It gets you and your stuff from here to there, while slurping down massive amounts of fuel.

It's a Toyota. You know what you're getting. Enjoy it.

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