This Camaro sold for $400,000 to benefit the American Heart Association.

This Camaro sold for $400,000 to benefit the American Heart Association.

A unique 2012 Chevrolet Camaro donated by GM to the American Heart Association was sold for $400,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.

All proceeds from the auction benefit cardiovascular research through the Southeast Michigan American Heart Association.

Money raised from charitable auctions such as this is vitally needed because, according to the American Heart Association, 82.6 million heart disease and stroke survivors are living proof that donations make a difference.

“The heart is the engine of the body,” said Jim Campbell, vice president, Chevrolet Performance. “Just like a car, if the engine isn’t running in top condition, it affects the entire body. We are happy to be able to help the Association accelerate advances in cardiovascular research with a very special Camaro.”

The factory drag-race car is the only 2012 Central Office Production Order (COPO) convertible offered for sale, and the only one painted Inferno Orange Metallic. A total of only 69 COPO Camaros were built in 2012.

“Thanks to generous supporters like Chevrolet, the American Heart Association continues to bring life-saving research and resources to communities across Michigan,” said Kathy Kauffmann, executive director and vice president for the Southeast Michigan American Heart Association.

The association is recognized as a worldwide leader in cardiovascular research. In 2012, $9.3 million was invested in research in Michigan. Since the organization’s inception, $3.4 billion has been invested nationwide. As a result, research advances such as the artificial heart valve, CPR, and lifesaving drugs have been created to save lives.

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