If you didn’t get around to buying a C6 Corvette ZR1 when they were new, here’s your chance now to pick up one that’s just about the same as new.
This 2010 Corvette ZR1 with just 253 miles on the odometer is currently up for sale at bringatrailer.com, with bidding set to end at 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2. So far, three bids have been placed, up to just $52,000.
We have mixed feelings about such a low-mileage Corvette. The new owner – unless he just has more money than he can spend – will likely have to put the car on a pedestal and never drive it if he wants to preserve its uniqueness. It’s sad that this 638-horsepower LS9 V8 monster with an Eaton supercharger likely won’t get to stretch its legs very much.
Of course, based on the ZR1s we’ve seen for sale on the Internet, not many owners seem to use them very much – with many low-mileage examples available.
More details about this very nice example: It’s covered in Blade Silver Metallic over Ebony leather and is described as being stock – completely with carbon fiber body panels, the see-through hood panel made of polycarbonate, magnetic ride control, carbon ceramic brakes, the 3ZR Premium Equipment Group, and 6-speed transmission, among other features. On the bright side, at least if the new owner never drives the car to keep the mileage down, he or she won’t have the expense of replacing the carbon ceramic brakes!
As you might expect from such a low-mileage vehicle, it appears from the extensive set of photos with the listing that it’s still in showroom condition.
Resale value on the sixth generation ZR1, however, has plummeted to about half of the original MSRP that was north of $120,000. The lowest price we found today was $53,999 for a 2009 ZR1 with 42,343 miles, very reasonable by most standards but a huge number based on others on the market. Indeed, most examples seemed to be in the range of $59,000 to $62,000, many with less than 10,000 miles!
We’re not sure how much this seller (who’s offering the car on behalf of his friend, the original owner) will require to part ways with his legendary Corvette, so it will be interesting to see what happens next week.
We’d be inclined to buy one with 15,000 miles or so for about $60,000, so we would actually be able to enjoy driving it and not have to worry about killing the resale value every time we took it for a spin. Of course, with used C7 Z06s dropping into that price range now, we’d probably rather have a seventh generation Z06 for the same money. Long-term, though, the ZR1 might be the better investment based on its relative rarity compared to the C7 Z06.
What’s your take?
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