Someone just became the first owner of this 1991 Corvette ZR-1, even though the car was manufactured nearly 30 years ago!
A Chevrolet dealer had maintained the high-horsepower but ultra-low-mileage C4 in his private collection all these years, keeping it under the original MSO.
He finally decided to sell it on eBay recently, offering it at what we consider a very fair price of $40,000 for a virtually new red over black ZR-1 with just 286 miles on the odometer!
Not bad for a car that would have listed for around $60,000 when it left the Bowling Green assembly plant.
Chevy produced 2,044 ZR-1s in 1991, coming off 3,049 in the first year of production in 1990. But when horsepower for the base Corvette rose to 300 in 1992, it proved to be the beginning of the end for the ZR-1 which offered only 75 more horsepower at nearly double the price. Even when Chevy upped output to 405 horsepower in 1993, it wasn’t enough to save the “King of the Hill” as sales plummetted to 502 in 1992 and 448 each year from 1993 to 1995.
The ZR-1, of course, was world-renowned for its Lotus-designed aluminum-block 350 V-8 with double overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. Even today, the car produces respectable numbers, going 0-60 in a little over four seconds with a top speed of 175 mph.
The ZR-1 also featured unique bodywork for the first year, debuting rectangular tail lamps and a three-inch wider rear end that covered oversize 315/35-17 tires. Unfortunately, when Chevy changed the base model tail lights to the same shape in 1991, the ZR-1 instantly lost some of its unique appearance, another factor that contributed to a decline in sales.
Getting back to this low-mileage example, if you’re worried about the car sitting idle for so long, the seller noted that it had just received an extensive service, including cleaning of the entire fuel delivery system with fuel tank cleaning, fuel line and fuel rail flush, all new updated primary and secondary fuel injectors, new fuel pumps, updated GM PCM chip and prom, oil change, new battery, and more. The AC is ice cold, all power accessories work properly, and the radio and power antenna are functional.
Now, “the car runs awesome as a new car should and is ready to be enjoyed,” the seller boasted.
We’re not sure just how much it can be enjoyed, though, since the allure of this one is its very low mileage. Enjoy it too much, and it becomes just another ZR-1.
The seller based his assessment of the current drivability of the car on his own time behind the wheel. “I have driven the car recently for around 185 miles after the recent service to get some new fuel running through the car and to oil the motor,” he said.
The new owner received the original sets of keys with codes and engine power key, as well as two tops – glass and solid red. While the seller believes the original tires don’t show enough signs of aging to warrant replacement, he says tires are a “personal thing to drivers so I am suggesting new ones only because of age.”
He also says the speakers will need new Bose amps as two work and two don’t.
All in all, the car is “all there and ready to go,” the seller concludes, adding “I don’t think you will ever come across an opportunity like this ever again in your lifetime to buy a new ZR-1 Seize the moment and be the first real owner of this MSO car.”
Congratulations to the person who took him up on his offer.
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