The first year of the C6 ZR1 was 2009, not exactly the best economy for Chevy to be trying to sell a car that was priced north of $110,000.
But the original owner of this super-Corvette ZR1 for sale today on bringatrailer.com bought it anyway, holding onto it for the next decade until just recently and racking up just 400 miles on the odometer.
We know that prices have been depressed on ZR1s for the past few years, especially hammered by the success of the many variations of the C7, including a Z51, Z06, and ZR1.
That doesn’t mean this car still isn’t impressive a decade later, though.
With its LS9 V8 generating 638 horsepower and 608 lb-ft of torque, the C6 ZR1 is a monster even by today’s standards. Add in impressive stopping power with the Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and the trademark blue calipers, magnetic ride control, extensive carbon fiber bodywork, and the trademark polycarbonate window on the hood, and you’ve got a winner no matter what decade it happens to be.
As of Thursday afternoon, with activity set to end on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 5 :10 p.m., the bid had climbed to $56,000. Even with the low miles, though, we’d be surprised if this car brought an ultra-high bid.
An interesting back story on this car: The seller posted that he traded an 8,000-mile C4 ZR-1 and a 1965 Cobra replica for the C6 ZR1, figuring that it would be easier to sell this one car than the other two. As he notes, time will tell.
As you might expect, this ZR1 has a clean Carfax, with no accidents or other damage and showing only one owner through the seller’s acquisition in 2018. Even with the low mileage, the car isn’t perfect, though – the Cyber Gray paint does have a small scuff on the driver’s door, and there are hairline cracks on both rocker extensions, the seller admits.
“For all I know the original owner sold the car because of these very small defects,” he posted. “He seemed so meticulous it wouldn’t surprise me. Having collected special interest cars myself for the last 40 years, I know that things happen over 10 years even when a car gets little use. I specifically mentioned these items because I know with 400 miles the expectations for condition will be high and I don’t want any disappointments. All of the defects can be corrected, and I’m told easily and inexpensively. I opted to not have them addressed myself in favor of keeping the mileage low and the ultimate buyer can decide what is important to him or her and act accordingly.”
As for the mileage, the seller says he’ll include a certification that the odometer read 300 miles at the time of purchase, which doesn’t agree with Carfax’s tally of 1,257 miles. “Randy Marion Chevrolet, the dealer from whom I purchased the car, has certified the odometer mileage as true (at 300),” the seller said. “I have asked them to contact Carfax to have the correction made and they assure me they will.”
It will be interesting to see where this one finally winds up, but be aware a quick check on the Internet revealed there are several examples for sale with higher mileage (but not that much higher) for about the current bid of $56,000. The sad part is that the new owner, to protect his investment, will likely have to park the car and never drive it.
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