Weekend Edition – Two Little Red Corvette ZR-1s that will make you say “Baby, you’re much too fast!”
Welcome to the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Low Mileage Weekend. The Chevrolet C4 Corvette ZR-1 was Chevrolet’s first attempt to enhance the Corvette into supercar territory. It all started when GM acquired the Lotus Group in 1986, and they were tasked with the idea of developing the world’s fastest production car, based on the C4 generation Corvette. The resulting engine was what GM dubbed the LT5, an aluminum-block V-8 with the same bore centers as the L98, but with four overhead camshafts, 32 valves. There was also a unique air management system for the engine to provide a wider power band giving the ZR-1 375 hp when at wide open throttle, while still having the day to day drive-ability of the standard V-8. In addition to the engine, Lotus helped GM design the ZR-1’s upgraded braking and steering systems, and helped them pick the settings for the standard “FX3” adjustable active ride control that Chevrolet was fitting to the car.
The ZR-1 was produced between 1990 and 1995 with a price that was more than double of the standard Corvette C4. MSRP for the ZR-1 in 1990 was $58,995, and had ballooned to $66,278 by 1995. The engine builder of choice for this project was Mercury Marine Corporation of Stillwater, Oklahoma where they assembled the engines and then ship them to the Corvette factory in Bowling Green. They were special, but are they special enough for you to collect them now?
Here is a Little Red 1990 Corvette ZR-1 with only 5,100 on the odometer, and according to the listing:
1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1. WE HAVE JUST ADDED TO OUR EXTENSIVE EXOTIC CAR INVENTORY A BEAUTIFUL 1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR1 IN RED WITH RED LEATHER INTERIOR AND ONLY 5100 MILES!!! THIS ZRI HAS A 6 SPEED TRANSMISSION, DUAL POWER SPORT SEATS, ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION, 2 TOPS, CD PLAYER AND MORE. THESE CORVETTES ARE THE FIRST ZR1’S THAT WERE EVER OFFERED TO THE PUBLIC AND THEY ARE VERY COLLECTIBLE.
With a little over one day to go, the Buy-It-Now price is $33,900, about half of the window sticker. I still think these cars have a little more depreciation to go, but will soon start to increase in value in a few years. So, are you the one who’s gonna try to tame this little red love machine? See the listing here:1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1
Here is a 1991 version of the ZR-1, and you can see there were subtle changes made when comparing it to the previous car. Wheels were changed, the front fascia was updated, as were the fake vents located on the front fenders. The interior still was awash in lurid red leather and orange instrumentation, with buttons galore distributed all over the dash panels. According to the listing:
1991 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1. Rare car with less than 6k original miles. 100% original; includes original window sticker. No paintwork, no stories. Glass top and body-color top included. Fresh service with all fluids and filters changed – just brought out of a private collection. I’ll spare you the “own a piece of history” or “rare opportunity” sales lines – if you’re looking at this listing you know what a ZR-1 is and their heritage. This is a very, very clean car with exceptionally low miles.
With a little over 12 daysto go until this listing closes, the Buy-It-Now price is $32,500 with only 5,950 miles showing on the odometer. Choosing between these two ZR-1s is almost like tossing a coin as they both have only 5,000 or so miles, and are priced within $1,500 of each other. Tell me if either of these cars will have you saying “Baby, have you got enough gas?” See the listing here:1991 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1