Back in the day, the 1993 Corvette ZR-1 – with its impressive 405 horsepower LT5 V8 engine with four overhead cams and four valves per cylinder – was one mean machine. In fact, Car & Driver determined it as the winner of its top speed category at 179 mph that year.
Those performance numbers, of course, have since long been eclipsed, but at least in our eyes, the fourth-generation ZR-1 remains one mean machine.
You can pick up this lightly used ’93 in six more days if you’re the high bidder at the end of this Bring a Trailer auction, where the highest offer so far has hit $32,000.
That’s about half what this Corvette cost new back in the day, with an MSRP of $67,778 – including a whopping $31,683 for the ZR-1 package that also included a wider body (with special side panels) and tires, heavy-duty brakes, electronic air conditioning, Selective Ride and Handling suspension, six-way power seats on both sides, low tire pressure warning, six-speed manual transmission, and Delco Bose music system, among other niceties.
Furthermore, this example has the distinction of being one of just 245 ZR-1s outfitted with the 40th Anniversary Package. It also includes the $950 dual roof package (bronze and body-color panels).
Originally delivered to Abraham Chevrolet in Tampa, Florida, the car has also listed Illinois and Texas as its home states before the selling dealer in Wisconsin acquired it in September this year.
Those owners obviously haven’t taken much advantage of that powerful engine, with the odometer reading less than 6,000 miles despite the fact that Corvette will soon be celebrating its 70th anniversary.
As you might expect with such low mileage, the car’s Ruby Red Metallic paint and matching leather interior remain in excellent condition, with only touch-up paint applied to the right rear rocker panel, the CD player replaced, and a lumbar support pump and the center console lid repaired during a minor refurbishing in 2014.
With the popularity of the ZR-1 waning in the mid-‘90s because of increased performance from the stock engine and the similar body appearance throughout the lineup, Chevy decided to call it a day and use up the remaining LT5 engines, allocating 448 each year from 1993 to 1995.
Still, it’s on our bucket list to drive a ZR-1 from the fourth generation one day. How about you?
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