If you just can’t wait to buy a 2019 ZR1 in the spring, then maybe you could whet your appetite for Chevy’s most powerful sports car with this 1991 ZR-1 currently up for sale on bringatrailer.com.
While the C4 ZR-1 has “just” 375 horsepower, nearly 400 less than the 755 of the upcoming C7 version announced recently, it’s still quite an impressive performer – going 0 to 60 in a still respectable 4.5 seconds (and 0 to 150 in a tick under 30 seconds) with a top speed of 175 mph.
Back in the day, Corvette Chief Engineer Dave McLellan told Car & Driver magazine, “The ZR-1 makes the statement that we can do things today that no one even dreamed could be done ten or twenty years ago. We’ve achieved a spectacular level of performance and are still able to meet or exceed all government standards for fuel economy, safety, noise, emissions, and so on.”
Car & Driver further said: “The ZR-1 engineering team has done nothing less than prove that Detroit can indeed run with the big dogs. The car is, and deserves to be, a source of pride to U.S. enthusiasts.”
The ZR-1, of course, featured a unique (for a brief time) rear end design that was three inches wider than the regular Corvette. Most importantly, it featured a 32-valve, 5.7-liter, port-fuel-injected V-8 engine with an aluminum block and aluminum heads. The engine was designed by GM’s Group Lotus Division, was further developed by GM, and was built under contract by Mercury Marine in Oklahoma.
This particular example comes in Turquoise Metallic, a rare color that has’90s written all over it. In person, it’s really a sharp looking shade, especially with the black leather interior that is said to show some wear on the driver’s seat bottom and outer bolster.
You’ve got five more days to bid on this one, with the offer climbing to $12,555 as of late Thursday afternoon. We found several examples on Car Gurus with prices ranging from $13,960 to $31,500. It’ll be interesting to see how high this one climbs; while the color is rare, that could keep the price down.
The seller has driven the car 2,000 miles since he bought it about 18 months ago, which upped the odometer reading to just 25,600 – quite impressive for a 26-year-old Corvette.
The car is said to be stock other than some maintenance items and a period-correct exhaust upgrade, and the brakes have been recently serviced and the AC recharged in May. The tires have been replaced about 5,000 miles and two and a half years ago with Sumitomo HTR Zs.
The buyer will get tons of documentation, including original purchase paperwork, receipts from the current and previous owners, a clean Carfax, and clean New Jersey title in the seller’s name.