The mystery buyer behind the $225,000 purchase of the first Chevy Volt has been revealed. It is Rick Hendrick, owner of the Hendrick Automotor Group and Hendrick Motorsports. Who would have thought a race team owner would want a Volt?
Hendrick Motorsports is a force to be reckoned with in the racing world, from drag boats to NASCAR. His car racing teams have a combined 232 race wins.
So why would this avid racing fan want a car that isn’t exactly blisteringly fast? “This was an opportunity to own a piece of history while giving back to the community,” said Hendrick to GM. “I have been a Chevrolet dealer for more than 30 years, and the Volt is one of the most exciting and important new cars since we opened our first dealership in 1976.”
So he is in it for the history, eh? I wonder how the Volt will hold up as a collectible. Could it be the next Corvette? I’m betting GM hopes so. As for the $225,000 Hendrick paid, that money will go towards funding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math initiatives in the Detroit Public School Foundation. The announcement was made at the Detroit International Academy for Young Women, and the money will go towards projects like sending kids to NASA’s Space Camp and sending 4,500 students to science fairs. Good stuff GM.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.