The last year of the C4 ZR-1 arrived in 1995 as the “King of the Hill” ended its reign with just 448 units produced that year, including this very nice black on black example currently up for auction on bringatrailer.com.
The sale ends Monday afternoon, and so far the high bid is just $24,750 – well below its original MSRP of $72,209 not counting extensive work done two years into its life.
The stock ZR-1, of course, cranked out 405 horsepower and reached a top speed of 175 mph, thanks to its special LT5 32-valve engine built by Mercury Marine.
This car, however, has been modified extensively by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering in August 1997, with the engine increased in displacement to 415 cubic inches. Other LPE mods include a custom porting and polishing of the cylinder heads, plenum assembly, and injector housings and a three-angle valve job. No word on the new horsepower figure, unfortunately. The car also has larger front brakes.
The mods continued outside the car, too, with the installation of a slick Lingenfelter Aerobody kit featuring fender and quarter panel vents as well as a custom nose, hood, tail panel, and rear bumper, and quad center exhaust outlets.
Twenty-five years later, this car still looks mean, prompting one person to refer to it as “Darth Vader.”
Best of all, this classic Corvette remains in top-notch condition, not surprising since it has covered just 4,400 miles since leaving the Bowling Green factory.
To get a sneak peek at the car without traveling to Pennsylvania, where the selling dealer is located after buying it out of New Jersey, where it had stayed since new, take a look at the two videos.
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