The special Military Tribute Camaro, designed by airbrush artist Mickey Harris, sold for $175K to an internet bidder at the Barrett-Jackson auction.
The money will benefit the Achilles Freedom Team, which helps wounded veterans of all services overcome their injuries through athletics, including marathons.
Based on a 2010 Camaro SS, the military tribute car toured 30 military bases across the country, including the Pentagon. It was commissioned by the GM Military Discount program, and represents all five branches of the armed forces (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard) and some of the military’s highest individual awards and current campaign medals. It coolest feature, however, is the American flag on the bonnet.
Before this another Limited Edition Camaro SS was sold for $100,000 at a Barrett-Jackson auction to benefit the Cell Phones for Soldiers program.
Chevrolet’s support for military men and women includes:
Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans: In 2011, Chevrolet underwrote a portion of Achilles costs for participating in the Los Angeles, Boston and Detroit marathons, as well as other events. Chevrolet also has donated a Silverado HD truck and 20 hand cycles to the team.
GM Military Discount Program: Considered the most generous military discount program in the industry, GM offers GM Preferred Pricing (the same price extended to GM suppliers) on any Chevrolet (except Volt), Buick or GMC. On Jan. 19, Staff Sgt. Brian Nagy of Columbus, Ohio took delivery of a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ in the program’s Red White and Cruze Sweepstakes. In 2011, Chevy Silverado, Cruze and Camaro were the most popular vehicles sold.
Cell Phones for Soldiers: This program provides phone cards to service men and women. In 2011, Chevrolet raised $212,000 (worth 100,000 hours of talk time) from the auction proceeds of a 2012 Honor and Valor Camaro SS and Chevrolet donations of $100 for every car and truck sold during Military Appreciation Month in May. Since 2010, Chevrolet has collected more than 70,000 used cell phones, worth 70,000 hours of talk time.
Travis Manion Foundation: The GM Foundation provided $250,000 to this foundation that assists veterans and the families of fallen heroes. Its namesake is First Lt. Travis L. Manion, killed in 2007 in Iraq by sniper fire while defending against an enemy ambush.