When the Corvette ZR1 entered the world for the 1990 model year, it was the first of the “Super Corvettes” that offered power and handling that matched, if not outclassed, many exotics. Hitting 60 mph in the 4-second range was awe-inspiring back then, but one needed to have a fat wallet to be able to buy one. But today, you may be able to score this 1990 ZR1 for less than what it cost new.
Distinguished from the outside by distinctive square-shaped taillights in a convex fascia (versus round lights in a concave cavity for the regular C4 Corvette), widened rear, and extra-wide tires, the 1990 Corvette ZR1 was powered by a Lotus-designed and Mercury Marine-built 350 ci (5.7-liter) V8 with dual-overhead camshafts and 4 valves per cylinder making 375 horsepower. That’s quite a healthy number considering that the base C4 Corvette only made 245 horses at the time. Anyone interested in a new 1990 Corvette ZR1 would have to pony up at least $58,995 to own one.
Through 1995, a grand total of 6,939 ZR1s were built, and today — even though the standard C7 Corvette Stingray would clobber it — there’s still something special about a twin-cam Vette, especially from a time when most V6 motors struggled to top 200 horsepower. And this one on eBay has only 127 miles and is claimed to have the lowest amount of miles known. Painted in classic Bright Red with a black leather interior and equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox, 3.45 gears, Z51 performance handling package, and removable roof (the ZR1 was not available as a convertible), among other options, this one is for the Corvette collector who has the best of everything else and wants to expand his collection. Currently, the big sits at $26,300 without having met reserve.