Chevrolet donated the proceeds of the first retail production model of the 2014 Corvette Stingray – carrying vehicle identification number 0001 – offered at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction to CCS. The model was auctioned off for more than $1 million.
CCS has been cited as one of the top design schools in the world and is regarded as one of the premier institutions for industrial and transportation design. The College was founded in 1906 as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, growing into an arts education organization. In 1933, the Society attracted national attention as one of the first art institutions to recognize the automobile as an art form. It has since been inextricably linked to its home city’s signature industry.
The Stingray name returns after a 38-year hiatus. It was first used on 1963 models as Sting Ray, which introduced the groundbreaking split-window coupe design and four-wheel independent suspension.
"The new Stingray features a modern, dramatic design that will inspire a new generation of Corvette enthusiasts,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. “With the proceeds of the new Stingray going to CCS, the new Corvette will also help cultivate the next generation of designers who may work on modern, dramatic Chevrolets in the future. In fact more than 170 CCS alumni already work in the GM design studios.”