Most Corvettes are driven very sparingly. A quick search of Cars.com reveals that of the 9,653 1953-2019 Corvettes currently listed for sale (with mileage listed and excluding rage-inducing duplicates from “home delivery” dealerships), 7,619 or 79% currently sit at under 40,000 miles. If we limit our search to cars with under 20k miles, a shocking 6,238 (64.6%) Corvettes are left standing.
Even when you take into account the 3,000ish listings for new Corvettes, these numbers are staggering for a car with history dating back to 1953! Looking just at the most recent model year, there are 374 used 2019 Corvettes back on dealer lots and 316 of them have odometer readings under 10,000 miles with the highest coming in at 31,041 on a Hertz 100th Anniversary Edition Z06 rental car (we are sure all of the drivers were gentle!).
That brings us to Tim Lally Chevrolet in Cleveland, Ohio who just added the ninth 2019 ZR1 ever produced into their inventory. This supercharged monster has already traveled 56,272 miles; enough for ten round trips between Los Angeles and New York City or two whole trips around the equator with 8k miles to spare!
Of the 2,986 ZR1s in the C7 version of the ZR1 registry, this Corvette Racing Yellow unit (1 of 122) has the distinction of being the highest mileage example in existence and it probably isn’t even close! How is this even possible? Well, number nine is one of 58 ZR1s that were captured test fleet vehicles. These cars are used to verify quality standards and manufacturing procedures. They are tested and driven by GM engineers and Executives; who knows, this one could have been piloted by Tadge, Harlan, or even Mrs. Barra!
Along with the low VIN, ridiculous mileage, and rare-ish color, it is also one of only 884 ZR1s with three-pedals. It is also one of the 196 C7 ZR1s ordered with the lighter weight 1ZR standard equipment group and one of 1,045 equipped with the base GT Seats. Interestingly, it has both the ZTK high wing (installed) and the standard spoiler.
One final interesting tidbit for Corvette fans; the Camaro ZL1 1LE parked next to our well-worn ZR1 is wearing a color called Shock. It is interesting to compare the outgoing Corvette Racing Yellow with the new, exotic highlighter yellow side by side! Thanks for that, Tim Lally!
Regardless of your feelings about the two yellow hues, the real question here is… would you spend $100,493 on a ZR1 with this kind of mileage?
Tim Lally Chevrolet
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