General Motor Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said today that he plans to auction of his rare 1958 Chevrolet Corvette to benefit the Habitat for Humanity Detroit and its efforts to rebuild and revitalize the Morningside Commons neighborhood.
“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.”
Details of the auction will be announced closely.
Akerson and his wife made a personal $1 million donation in February to help launch Leaders to Rebuild Detroit Habitat Detroit’s 3-year, $25 million initiative to serve at least 500 families in Morningside Commons.
“The 1958 Corvette is a great example of American passion and ingenuity, and my hope is that the auction will help bring attention and resources to Habitat’s efforts to revitalize a historic Detroit neighborhood,” said Akerson. “I love this Corvette, and if putting it on the block can help rebuild the heart and soul of a neighborhood, I am all for it.”
His Regal Turquoise Corvette is powered by a 245-horsepower V8 and is one of 510 units that were painted that color.
– By: Omar Rana