Even nearly a decade after the last one was built, the sixth-generation Corvette ZR1 still commands respect on the track. Who hasn’t gazed admiringly at that 638-horsepower engine’s intercooler proudly displayed under a clear polycarbonate window?
Now, one of the best-preserved examples of the C6 ZR1 – which was produced from 2009 to 2013 with a total of 4,684 units – is currently available on Bring a Trailer.
With just 835 miles on the odometer, this car has barely been sat in. It’s one of just 1,415 ZR1s and one of only 502 ZR1s painted in Cyber Gray during the first year of production in 2009. But it’s the person who did most of the sitting behind the wheel of this particular ZR1 that really commands your attention as retired NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon originally took delivery of the car at the National Corvette Museum.
The car was sold for charity last year, and now it’s on the market again. With six days left on the Bring a Trailer auction, the high bid is already $46,000. Not bad for a car with an original base price of $103,300.
As you might expect from just a glance at the odometer, this Corvette remains in like-new condition inside and out, including its Ebony leather interior that includes heated and power-adjustable seats, dual-zone climate control, head-up display, and Bose sound system.
It also features extensive carbon fiber body panels, some that were painted, like the raised hood and front fenders (with unique side ports) and others that were unpainted, like the fixed roof panel, roof bow, front fascia splitter, and rocker moldings. The heart of the car, of course, was its LS9 engine, a takeoff on the base LS3 but with a new design with a 10½ quart dry sump oil lubrication system and a positive-displacement supercharger that helped it create 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque, good for a top speed of 205 mph that no doubt made Jeff Gordon feel right at home behind the wheel.
Other key features of the ZR1 were its massive Brembo brakes with vented and drilled carbon-fiber-reinforced ceramic silicon carbide rotors and blue calipers – six-pistons on the front and four-pistons on the rear, along with the 3ZR Performance Equipment Group, Magnetic Ride Control, xenon headlights, heated mirrors, rear spoiler, ZR1 badging, and 19/20-inch wheels front and rear.
With Chevy switching to dual-clutch automatic transmissions with the current mid-engine generation, hard-core enthusiasts especially admire these ZR1s as they all came with six-speed manual transmissions.
Since there won’t be any more front-engine manual Corvettes made, we tend to believe that these C6 ZR1s will be a good investment for years to come. And, with an ownership history that includes a NASCAR legend and an odometer reading less than 1,000 miles, they don’t come much better than this one.
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