One of just 19 ZR-1s built in 1990 in Medium Quasar Blue Metallic is currently up for sale on Bring a Trailer, and the rarity of that color, along with the extremely low mileage on the odometer, has already stirred up interest.
With five days left in the auction, this 1,100-mile Corvette has attracted a high bid of $35,250.
1990 was the debut year for the “King of the Hill” Corvette, which featured a 5.7-liter, 32-valve LT5 engine designed by Chevrolet and Lotus and built by Mercury Marine in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
That powerplant produced a whopping 375 horsepower, a number that later climbed to 405 for the 1993-95 ZR-1s.
This car was delivered new to Harold Chevrolet of Bloomington, Minnesota, and the seller subsequently acquired it in September 2008. Having driven the car just 500 miles during the past 13 years, he’s now offering this rare C4 with a copy of the build sheet, purchase and delivery documentation, manufacturer’s literature, window sticker, clean Carfax, and clean Minnesota title.
The car has been serviced recently, including engine, transmission, and differential fluid changes, brake fluid exchange, fuel filter replacement, and recharge of the air conditioning system.
Still, despite the low mileage, the car will need repair of the secondary injection system, which is said to be malfunctioning.
The window sticker shows a bottom line price of $60,650 – with nearly half of that figure coming from the ZR-1 package that added $27,056 to the base price of $31,979. Besides the engine, buyers also received a widebody rear end treatment, along with FX3 Selective Ride suspension package with electronically adjustable Bilstein shocks, and four-wheel ABS brakes. This car also has dual removable roof panels ($915) and electronic air conditioning ($180).
As we’ve previously noted here, the demise of the ZR-1 began when Chevy changed all Corvettes to the same rear-end design (convex rear fascia and rectangular tail lights) in 1991 and then upped the horsepower of the base Corvette to 300 horsepower (from 245) the next year. Why pay double the price for not that much more performance, buyers reasoned, for a car that to most people looked just like the base model? Not surprisingly, sales plummeted to 502 in 1992 and then dipped to 448 each of the last three years.
Still, the 1990 ZR-1 represents a time when, just as it remains today, Chevrolet was at the top of its game with the Corvette.
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