A 2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 by Detroit’s General Motors Co. and the first all-new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX by Auburn Hills’ Stellantis were each auctioned off over the weekend at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in Arizona. Proceeds will benefit initiatives that help first responders and veterans.
The Hummer, which was the first retail production unit of the vehicle, was auctioned for $2.5 million, and the money will go to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation in New York. The amount raised was the full hammer price achieved, as Barrett-Jackson waived the fees and commissions typically associated with its collector vehicle auctions.
“We are thrilled with the auction results and what the proceeds will mean for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation,” says Duncan Aldred, global vice president of Buick and GMC. “We also recognize the support of Barrett-Jackson for this special occasion, which made it a 100 percent charitable endeavor.”
The foundation honors the memory of Sept. 11 first responder Stephen Siller and builds mortgage-free, accessible smart homes for injured veterans. It also provides mortgage-free homes for Gold Star families and the families of first responders killed in the line of duty.
“This donation from the Hummer EV Edition 1 will help build homes for our catastrophically-injured veterans to give them their independence and a better quality of life,” says Frank Siller, chairman and CEO of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
The Hummer EV Edition 1 featured a white exterior and Lunar Horizon interior. It is powered by GM’s new Ultium platform. Additional features include an Extreme Off-Road Package, adaptive air suspension, and Four-Wheel Steer with CrabWalk diagonal-drive functionality.
It also has a three-motor electric four-wheel drive propulsion system and an estimated 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 lb.-ft. of torque. It offers 800-volt DC fast charging capability at any 350-kilowatt high output public DC fast charging stations and the latest version of Super Cruise, which offers hands-free driving on more than 200,000 miles of enabled roads. It also can accelerate from 0-60 mph in about 3 seconds.
Reservations for the Edition 1 models are full, but reservations for the rest of the available models are being accepted. Initial production begins later this year at GM’s Factory ZERO Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center.
The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX sold for $410,000 at the auction on Friday. Proceeds from the sale will go to The United Way for Southeast Michigan’s 2-1-1 helpline, which provides services to veterans and their families.
The truck is one of 702 Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition models, which sold out in less than three hours; no more will be made. The model has 702 horsepower.
“Ram continues to honor all of those who serve or have served in the United States armed forces with distinction through our Built to Serve editions,” says Mike Koval Jr., CEO of the Ram brand for Stellantis. “For Ram truck owners, whether military or civilian, Built to Serve is a maxim that they can be proud to stand behind. This auction is another way we can honor our veterans by supporting them when they come home.”
The winning bid also got a unique authentication kit that includes a presentation box with a bound book custom-developed by the Ram brand team, which highlights the vehicle’s design development, photos and video, a speed-form model, and a Ram truck cover developed by the vehicle’s design team.
Production of the vehicle began in December at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights.
The truck is offered in its exclusive Anvil Gray paint. It is coupled with the TRX Level 2 Equipment Group, adding carbon fiber interior trim, color accent package, heads-up display, beadlock-capable wheels, 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, advanced safety group, and hood and bodyside graphics.
The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX will have a 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engine, and the truck can go from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
United Way for Southeastern Michigan is committed to working with households and families in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. The 2-1-1 community care advocates provide free, confidential, and personalized help to callers. The advocates have access to a statewide database of more than 30,000 resources including food pantries, emergency shelters, education opportunities, and COVID-19 resources.
According to the Detroit Free Press, a bidder paid $5.5 million for a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake on Saturday night, and two collector station wagons were auctioned off by Edsel B. Ford II, the great-grandson of Henry Ford, one for $165,000 and the other for $209,000.