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1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 Coupe VIN. 1G1YZ23J8L5802613

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1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 Coupe

1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 Coupe
VIN. 1G1YZ23J8L5802613

350ci DOHC 32-Valve Aluminum V8 Engine
Tuned-Port Fuel Injection
375bhp at 5,800rpm
6-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Extremely low-mileage example, with just 4,634 miles recorded
*Stunning, time-capsule original condition inside and out
*Striking Bright Red over Red livery
*Offered with manuals, original paraphernalia and clean CARFAX report


The ZR-1 was the most audacious Corvette to date when it debuted in 1990. As opposed to just being an engine option as were previous high-performance Corvettes, the ZR-1 was a complete car with Corvette's first and only overhead cam engine - developed jointly with Lotus Cars in England - plus a wider body, special extra-wide Goodyear tires on the rear, and a special rear fascia with squared taillights.

Without question, the soul of the new ZR-1 was its all-aluminum 32-valve quad overhead cam V8 that put out 375 bhp and 370 lb.-ft. of torque. It was an engineering masterpiece that would propel the ZR-1 to 60 mph in just over four seconds and would register a top speed of 175 mph. The engine was co-developed by GM and Lotus and was built at a Mercury Marine plant in Stillwater, Oklahoma, a plant known for its precise aluminum machining capabilities.

The ZR-1 was unveiled at the 1989 Geneva Auto Show. Soon after, the ZR-1 owned the cover of virtually every magazine in the world, while pricing for the ZR-1 turned out to be about $30,000 more than a Corvette coupe at approximately $62,675, setting a new record for a GM passenger car. The ZR-1 enjoyed a five-year production run and was phased out in 1995.


This extremely well-preserved Corvette ZR-1 has covered a mere 4,634 miles since new at the time of cataloging and represents a unique opportunity to buy a virtually brand new 'King of the Hill' ZR-1. This car was completed in June of 1990 at the Bowling Green, Kentucky Corvette plant, having had its sophisticated, all-alloy 32-valve DOHC V8 engine assembled at the Stillwater, Oklahoma based engine plant. According to the CARFAX report on file, the ZR-1 has remained in Eastern United States since new and is offered with owner's manuals and ample paraphernalia. The first owner of this ZR-1 purchased the car from Dobler Chevrolet in Hempstead, NY in December of 1990. Later in 2005, he relocated to Florida where the car was kept under a cover in the safety his air conditioned garage. The terrific condition of this example is a testament to level the original owner cared and preserved this Corvette. The car is being offered by its second owner who gave the car the same attention as the original. With factory finishes intact throughout, this barely driven ZR-1 must be among the finest examples extant.

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