The Final Cruze is Up for Auction
The final Chevy Cruze is a utilitarian sedan — but the white, LS-trimmed car could fetch quite a price on the auction block. Although the final Cruze was originally headed to a Florida dealership, the Lordstown workers who made the Cruze wanted it to stay in Ohio. When the workers reached out to the Florida dealership, they learned that an anonymous mystery buyer had reached out — and planned to help keep the Cruze in Ohio.
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A car for a good cause
The buyer — who turned out to be a businessman named Ed Muransky — will auction off the Cruze to benefit The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. Bidding started at $5,000, and is currently at $27,500.
Muransky is proud of The United Way’s long history with the employees at the GM Lordstown plant. “The employees have been dedicated donors and volunteers to the United Way cause for more than 50 years, and we wanted to honor that relationship by purchasing the last Chevy Cruze made by the hands of these men and women who so generously supported our community,” Muransky said in a press statement.
How to bid
If you’re looking to ride home in this piece of automotive history, you can place a bid at Bidpal (BidPal.net/lastcruze). You’ll have to register with a credit card to bid, although the final payment can be issued via check or credit card. The bidding ends on May 10 at 9 p.m., and the winner will be announced at the United Way’s Centennial Champions Gala.
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A part of automotive history
As the last vehicle to roll off the Lordstown, Ohio plant’s assembly line, the last Cruze marked the end of an era for GM. Since the automaker exited the compact car segment, this Cruze may be the last traditional compact car GM will ever produce. Similarly, plans for the Lordstown plant remain unresolved. Workers and the community are hoping to see it back online soon, following a new labor agreement.