How would you like to get into one of the fastest Corvettes ever made, for less than the base price of a mid-engine C8?
An Indiana owner is selling one of the first C6 ZR1s ever made, at a relative bargain asking price of just $55,000.
He wants to move up to a 2019 ZR1 and is willing to trade his 2009 towards the C7 version if it’s red, shifts gears with the seven-speed manual transmissions, and has the ZTK big wing.
The “completely stock” ’09 ZR1, with just 24,000 miles, is said to be in “immaculate condition,” having been stored inside a heated building, and had an MSRP of more than $119,000.
This one – just posted on Corvette Forum on Sunday – appears to have the right pedigree, too, being one of the first C6 ZR1s ever made. The 3ZR-optioned coupe is said to be #10 out of 60 pilot pre-production cars made – the third ZR1 ever made in red and furthermore the first ZR1 produced in red with ebony interior.
At the time it was introduced, the six-speed ZR1 was the most powerful automobile ever sold by GM, with its LS9 supercharged engine, visible through a clear polycarbonate window in the carbon fiber hood, cranking out 638 horsepower and capable of propelling the car to 205 mph and from 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds.
The car also features extensive use of carbon fiber, including the painted front fender with their unique side ports, along with unpainted parts coated with a protective clear coating like the fixed roof panel, roof bow, front fascia splitter, and rocker moldings. The chassis with the aluminum frame was derived from the Z06, and the ZR1 had Selective Magnetic Ride Control specially tuned for the car.
While the C8 has the latest bells and whistles and better performance, buying this ZR1 would likely be the much smarter investment since it will always be one of the most powerful front-engine Corvettes ever made.