You might have caught the news that the very first mid-engined C8 Corvette recently sold for the rather hefty sum of $ 3million (around P153.13 million). The ’Vette crossed the block for charity at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, though it wasn’t the only first-edition to make an appearance.
The lovely blue Lexus LC500 Convertible you see above, complete with VIN #001, was also sold for a good cause. Well, two good causes, in fact, because dollar of the fee was to be split between the Boys & Girls Clubs of America charity (which creates after-school programs for kids across America) and the Bob Woodruff Foundation (supporting veterans, service members, and families affected by 9/11).
The standard LC500 Convertible will sell for around $100,000 (roughly P5.1 million) in the US of A, so the lady or gentleman that placed the winning $2-million (around P101.92 million) bid must have been feeling very generous. The droptop LC500 is quite a lovely-looking thing, of course, and it features that 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 with 471hp, but this one also comes with unique blue calipers and that first-edition carbon-fiber sill plate. Oh, and let’s not forget the matching luggage set, production-line photos, and one-of-one certificate signed by the LC500’s chief engineers.
Would that be enough to justify splashing $2 million on an LC? Maybe the new owner was just desperate to hear that V8 breathe? Whoever you are, Top Gear salutes you.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.