Corvette ZR-1 40th Anniversary
1 OF 7 BUILT IN THIS COLOR, TRUE ZR-1, 15K ACTUAL MILES, LOADED, DIALED-IN C4!!
Even though the horsepower wars have escalated and even the base Corvettes are packing 450 horsepower these days, there's something special about this 1993 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1. Those three little figures on a small badge mean so much to Corvette fans, and no matter how much horsepower the latest LS-series engines make, they'll never howl like the mighty LT5.
Yeah, I'll admit it, I love the ZR-1 (note the hyphen). They seem to have bottomed-out on the value curve and are seeing some decent appreciation now that they're suitably vintage for collectors. The plain-Jane looks that made them hard to explain to the neighbors when they were new also make them the ultimate sleeper today, and in Quasar Blue, this is a very rare car, especially in 1993 (only 7 were built in this color compared to 245 in Ruby Red for the 40th Anniversary). This one shows just 15,402 original miles on the clock and it shows everywhere you look. The chin is not scuffed, the rockers haven't been blasted by the fat tires, and it's extremely clean everywhere you look. Yes, there are some signs of age that are simply inevitable, such as some cracking and checking on the flexible pieces, but we wouldn't change a thing. For a car that was treated as something special by its enthusiastic owners, this one has led a very sheltered life and it shows. It wears the ultra-clean final iteration C4 nose, simple fender gills, and, of course, the high-mounted CHMSL that was the only reliable way to identify a ZR1 from a distance.
The Light Gray leather interior is exactly right for the bright blue 'Vette. Yeah, it's subtle, but it's a Corvette after all, and subtlety is a virtue in the ZR-1's case. The good news is that it's in spectacular condition, with seats that have hardly been used and carpets that look pretty darned good. Master the peculiar C4 entry procedure and you'll settle into some of the most comfortable buckets to ever come out of Bowling Green. The combination digital/analog instrument panel works as well for the LT5 as it does for the LT1, although you'll note that the redline is a bit higher thanks to the deep-breathing 32-valve V8. Everything was standard and everything works in this low-mile hammer, including the infamous valet key that kills horsepower. In fact, this car is so meticulously preserved, it still includes its original wrench for removing the top (this is a two-top car, which was one of the ZR-1's few options).
Chevy's LT5 was designed by Lotus and built by the aluminum experts at Mercury Marine, but there's no denying that it was a winner. Despite the apparent complexity, these are bulletproof engines that don't mind full-throttle blasts to redline, and thanks to the dual-stage intake and 4-valve heads, it never seems to run out of breath. It's also happy to lug around town without complaining. But when you crack that throttle and run it through the gears, the shriek of all that metal flying around is simply bone-chilling. The 6-speed ZF gearbox appreciates a firm hand, and the suspension does a fine job of channeling the power effectively. The undercarriage is spotless and unmodified, right down to the factory exhaust, so if you're looking for investment-grade, this is probably it. Clean directional aluminum wheels look fantastic and wear what may very well be the original Goodyear GS-C radials.
If you don't get the ZR-1, I won't try to explain it to you. But if you know how cool these cars are, then you know this low-mileage example is an incredible opportunity. Call today!
Cassette Player, AM/FM Radio, CD Player, Defrost, Air Conditioning, Heat, Heated Seats, Leather Seats, Tilt Wheel, Anti-Lock Brakes, Coil-Over Suspension, Cruise Control, Four Wheel Disc Brakes, Fuel Injection, Power Brakes, Power Locks, Power Seats, Power Steering, Power Windows, Driver Airbag, Rear Defogger, Seatbelts
Owner's Manual, Original Bill of Sale, Original Window Sticker
- Engine Type
- Engine Size
- 350 LT5 V8
- Transmission Type
- 6 Speed Manual
- Body Color
- Quasar Blue Metallic
- Body Style
- Paint Type
- 15,402 (Actual)
- Interior Color
- Light Gray
- Seating Type
- Seat Material
- Shifter Type
- Center Console
Estimated Monthly Payment
Based on 20% down over 96 months