It’s rumored that only 2 1969 Corvettes equipped with the RPO ZL-1 package were delivered to customers, making them unattainably expensive and two of the most sought after classic cars around. The ZL-1 order code got you a 427 L88 turbo jet engine with aluminium cylinder block and rang in at $4,100, not far off the price of the Corvette itself at the time.
The ZL-1 Corvette is a bit of a unicorn, so naturally, a myriad of replicas exist. A rather convincing one set to go under the gavel at Mecum’s Anaheim auction was recently dug up by Corvette Blogger and features many of the crucial components which make real ZL-1 Corvettes so appealing.
The car features an L88 427 V8 crate engine mated to a Muncie 4-speed transmission with a McLeod performance clutch. Modern-day Wilwood calipers and drilled and slotted rotors, Bilstein air shocks, a composite rear leaf spring and a 3.70 Positraction rear end help balance the package out. There’s also an L88/ZL1 Harrison aluminum radiator, an L88/ZL1 hood and air induction system and A85 custom shoulder belts.
It’s no real ZL-1, but as far as replicas go, it doesn’t get too much better than this. The modern upgrades should also help it drive just as good or better than any limited-run high performance ‘Vette would have in the 60s. Best of all, because it’s not worth seven figures, you won’t be afraid to pull it out for a Sunday drive every now and then.
Mecum will auction the car off on November 14, 2014. Check out the listing (Lot #F169) here for more photos.