One lucky person will drive off in a 1974 dark green Corvette coupe at the 2010 Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction in Scottsdale on January 20th. But the real winner will be the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation (CMCF) for amyloidosis research, as all proceeds from the auction of this Corvette will be donated to the Foundation.
Chip Miller was co-founder of Corvettes at Carlisle and Carlisle Events in Pennsylvania. Chip was very well known and loved in the Corvette community around the country and in March 2004, he passed away from a little known disease called amyloidosis. The Chip Miller Charitable Foundation was formed shortly thereafter to help spread awareness of this disease and raise money for educational and research purposes.
The Foundation’s goal is for earlier diagnosis to affect better treatment outcomes. If Chip and his doctors were aware of the symptoms of amyloidosis when they first presented, he might still be with us today. The mission of the CMCF is to empower people with the knowledge and understanding of amyloidosis for earlier detection, ensuring a better quality of life for those afflicted with the disease and to help science find the cures.
The Corvette being auctioned at no reserve at Barrett-Jackson is a 1974 Chevrolet Corvette T-top coupe, with matching numbers, powered by the L48 350cid V8 with a 4-speed manual transmission, 65,000 original miles, factory air conditioning, power steering and power brakes. This Corvette is mostly original and includes owner’s books and some trophies and awards from shows this car has won. The car is lot number 414.1 and is scheduled to roll across the block at approximately 7:00 pm Arizona time on January 20, 2010 and will be shown on Speed TV.
This Corvette was generously donated to the CMCF by San Diego Classic and Muscle Cars of Escondido, California. Other sponsors include Mid-America Motorworks, Bowden’s Autobody and Customs of Escondido California, and the C3 Vette Registry for including a 1 year membership to the winning bidder of the car.