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author photo by Autotrader October 2010

The first available 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible just went under the hammer at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auto auction. The winning bidder spent $205,000 and walked away without a car.

Since production doesn’t begin until early next year, this exercise was to secure the place of first car off the line, built to the exact spec the buyer desires. Chevrolet also offered the choice of taking delivery at a local dealer or General Motors’ Heritage Museum in Detroit.

Despite this VIP treatment, the buyer will have to wait with the rest of us to see what the Camaro convertible will actually look like when it makes its official debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of November. The bidding was done in the presence of the concept car, but a normal Camaro with a soft top would be along the expected lines

This model will be the first of its kind to wear this badge in nine years, but the one just auctioned won’t technically be the first car. Chevrolet is keeping chassis number one for posterity, so this car will be the second in the world. Since it’s doubtful whether number one will ever see the outside of a museum, the buyer probably isn’t losing sleep over bagging number two.

Nevertheless, $205,000 is a lot of cash for a car with a sticker price of $30,000. But it’s cheap compared with the first 2010 Camaro coupe, which brought in $350,000 when Chevrolet sold it on eBay in 2009 -- and that was for chassis number three. At least the money has gone to a good cause, with Chevy donating it to the YMCA of Southern Nevada.

The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible arrives at dealers from February 2011.

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