The ’91 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 hit the scene as an optional performance package that added over $30,000 to the bottom line. Nevertheless, this machine still managed to grab the attention of enthusiasts in a big, big way, packing impressive firepower under the hood that enabled it to bring the fight to European exotics for far less outlay. This particular example sold last weekend for an even $40,000, and with less than 300 miles on the clock, it’s got the goods to transport anyone three decades into the past.
To be exact, this ’91 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 has just 286 miles registered on the odometer, which basically makes it a brand-new car. It was never titled, and was originally part of a private collection belonging to a Chevrolet dealer.
The main party piece is the 350-cubic-inch LT5 engine, which doles out a healthy 375 horsepower- a breath of fresh air compared to the emissions-choked engines seen prior to the ZR-1. With the LT5 onboard, this Vette will hit 60 mph in the low-four-second range, with the quarter-mile completed in about 13 seconds at 110 mph. Top speed clocked in at 180 mph.
Routing the power to the rear wheels is a six-speed manual transmission.
The exterior is draped in red, while the interior is black. Options include the dual tops, cassette player, and leather seating.
Prior to selling, this particular Chevrolet Corvette received a good bit of service to fix any possible issues it might have after sitting for so long, including a fuel tank, fuel line, and fuel rail flush. The Vette also got new injectors, an oil change, and new battery.
“The car runs awesome as a new car should and is ready to be enjoyed,” the seller states. “The AC is ice cold and all of the power equipment operates correctly. The radio works and the antenna goes up and down on command.”
According to the seller, the only thing wrong with the car is that the stereo needs new amps. It also probably needs new tires, considering it’s still running its original rubber.
This C4 is utterly pristine, but at $40,000, the value is still below the original $60,000 MSRP (that’s in ‘90s dollars, by the way). Still, give it a little more time, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see an example this well-preserved sell for far more in the future.