More than 20 years later, the C4 ZR-1 has blazed its way into becoming one of the performance bargains of the Corvette family, and this example currently on eBay is a great case in point, literally.
You see, this 1990 ZR-1 had a small fire under the hood due to a failure of the fuel pressure regulator, according to the seller.
He says this has been replaced, along with most of the other damaged items, but potential buyers might have concerns that all the problems haven’t been fixed on this green-over-tan supercar from the 1990s.
Indeed, the seller admits a few items the car still needs include a starter “as it was acting up previously,” “some line” on the suspension, an o-ring on the fuel rail (leaks when key is turned on), several plastic clips that secure the wires to the underhood lights, fiberglass top of the radiator shroud that was “somewhat damaged” from the fire, and a partial repaint of the hood due to several bubbles.
Cosmetically, there are other concerns, like the powder coated intake manifold and wheels, plus the weird shift boot.
While this car is being offered at no reserve, a successful bidder will have to pay at least $8,500 as the starting bid has been set at that price. And if you just have to have this ZR-1 immediately, the “Buy It Now” price is $12,500.
A quick search on Auto Trader found 1990 to 1995 ZR-1s going anywhere from $10,000 to $49,995, with what seemed to be several nice low-mileage examples being offered in the low 20s.
While this car could be a bargain, especially at $8,500, if the minor problems are indeed all that’s wrong, we’d be inclined to sleep easier by paying a little more up front and getting a nice car to start with, one that has a well-documented history that doesn’t include a fire. We tend to think this example, even fixed up, would always be tainted by its previous damage.