Here’s an interesting Corvette currently listed on Sacramento’s Craigslist. A first year Corvette ZR-1 with just over 80,000 miles that on the outside looks pretty good. But take a closer look under the hood and and inside the cabin and you would think the car should have double those miles.
The 1990’s Corvette ZR-1 was the car that got Corvette back into the horsepower game. While many were purchased and stored away as collectors are known to do, this dark red 1990 Corvette wasn’t one of them.
The 80,000 miles on the odometer is all the proof you’ll need that the car was routinely driven. The craigslist seller said the car was parked for a few years after the owner passed away. He makes no statements on whether it’s in running condition but confirms that “its clean enough” but needs new weather stripping. The driver side seat also shows some wear and tear on the side bolster.
On the outside, the dark red exterior still looks good. The Corvette also features 5-spoke custom wheels and the tires show a fair amount of tread as well.
Checking the Hagerty Car Valuation Guide, 1990 Corvette ZR-1 prices are on the rise with a #4 model (fair condition) selling for $15,300 on average and #3 models (good condition) priced at $23,700. This craigslist Corvette ZR-1 is priced at $11,900 which is below market but again it all depends on how mechanically sound this car is.
We learned about the car from Reddit.com/r/Corvette under the question “$11,900 for a ZR1. Is it worth it?”. Another Reddit user chimed in with the following:
Owner of one here. In a short response, maybe. Obviously I can’t tell you how it really is, but the paint looks alright, interior looks pretty good, miles aren’t too bad, but yeah the engine bay looks like a damn mess. BUT, maybe all it needs is a decent cleaning. I’ve seen higher mileage ones that look like they’ve been maintained a little better for for about the same.
Ask the seller questions out the ass. The issues when buying one are, have the original injectors been changed, vacuum leaks (these things have a secondary system for the secondary injectors), then the basic stuff. Leaks, runs well, all that stuff. Other than the LT5, it’s all C4 stuff.
And the herp derps with their “oh man, these things are hard to work on, they breakdown, they’re aren’t any parts, etc, etc” are going to say those things, and they are wrong.
There ARE parts, hell I know guys who have engines for sale, brand new, wrapped in plastic, for the same as a damn new ls1. They ARE reliable, 24 hour endurance record holder you’re looking at right here. For the past 25 years.
They are different to work on, but there is a god send of people of the ZR-1 that will and can help you do anything on the car.
If you are truly serious about this car, or hell just want to know more, go right now to the registry and forum. If you want this car, these guys will help you find out if it’s worth it, what it needs, how it can be done, and where to turn to.
Home here: http://www.zr1netregistry.com/
Forum here: http://www.zr1.net/forum/index.php
Also, here’s the God of the ZR-1s website. He’s a cool dude, send him and email or give him a call, Mr. Marc Haibeck: http://www.zr1specialist.com/
She’s gonna need love, and she may be worth it. And if you can, go drive her asap.
That’s some great advice from a Corvette ZR-1 owner. What’s your thought’s on this craigslist Corvette ZR-1? Let us know in the comments section below.