Following the footsteps of Ferrari boss who once auctioned his personal 599 GTB for charity, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson announced he will auction off his beloved 1958 Chevrolet Corvette to help the efforts to rebuild and revitalize the Morningside Commons neighborhood on Detroit city’s lower east side. All proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity Detroit.
This exceptional model is a Regal Turquoise Corvette, powered by a 245-horsepower V-8, and it will be on display at the 60th Anniversary Corvette Display at the familiar Birmingham Triangle along old and new Woodward avenues in downtown Birmingham. Those interested in the car can get up and close with it and maybe even have a chat with Akerson himself.
Distinguishing features of this car that set it apart from the other 200 1950’s ‘Vettes at the event include new body panels, a new instrument panel and new upholstery. The ’58 models were also the first time Corvette used dual headlamps.
Akerson and his wife, Karin, made a personal, cornerstone $1 million donation in February to help launch “Leaders to Rebuild Detroit,” Habitat Detroit’s three-year, $25 million initiative to serve at least 500 families in Morningside Commons through house construction, rehabilitation, critical repairs and energy-efficiency upgrades.
“A strong America is built on strong communities, and building those communities starts with one hammer, one nail and one person – and from there it’s contagious,” Akerson said. “My wife, Karin, and I want to see this effort to rebuild our headquarters city catch on, spread out and draw scores more volunteers and millions more in contributions.