Ruby Red Pearl
Burgundy
LT5 350 V8
6 Speed Manual
  • 5.7 liter LT5 V8
  • ZF 6-speed
  • Lotus-tuned suspension
  • Lotus-tuned power steering
  • Lotus-tuned power, 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 17-inch wheels
  • 40th Anniversary-exclusive paint
  • Ruby Red leather interior
  • Delco Bose sound system
  • 1 of only 245 Ruby Red Metallic ZR-1s produced

When Dave McLellan replaced Zora Arkus-Duntov as the chief engineer for team Corvette, he had some legendary shoes to fill. Assuming control in 1975, McLellan lead the brand through some of the darkest days of not only the Corvette but Detroit performance in general. By 1990, change was on the horizon and at the forefront of that change was the legendary C4 ZR-1. With a revolutionary Lotus-designed powerplant, cutting-edge technology and a refined look, the ZR-1 was destined to be viewed as a major milestone in American sports car history. This pristine, 40th Anniversary ZR-1 is a fully documented survivor that's been carefully tucked away from time, wear and the elements. If you're in the market for a top notch example of one of Chevrolet's most desirable Corvettes in one of Corvette's most desirable colors, you're looking at your next car!

This rare Chevy began life as a Ruby Red coupe that was delivered to Apple Chevrolet in York, Pennsylvania. Its original window sticker, which is included with our sale, lists the following options and standard equipment.

STANDARD EQUIPMENT:

* 5.7 liter V8 that utilizes Sequential Fuel Injection to create 300 horsepower
* 4-speed automatic transmission that's equipped with overdrive
* Acceleration Slip Regulation (ASR)
* Power rack and pinion steering
* 4-wheel, power disc brakes
* Independent front suspension
* 5-link rear suspension that's complete with a fiberglass, transversely mounted spring
* ----------
* Air conditioning
* AM/FM stereo that's complete with both a clock and cassette player
* Cloth seats that include lateral support and adjustable backs
* Intermittent wiper system
* Power windows
* Power door locks
* Rear window defogger
* Electronic speed control that's complete with a resume feature
* Electric, heated rearview mirrors
* 1-piece, removable fiberglass roof panel
* Power-operated, retractable halogen headlamps
* Halogen fog lamps
* Remote hatch release
* Leather-wrapped, sport steering wheel
* A combination of analog and digital instrumentation
* ----------
* Driver's side airbag
* Bosch ABS II anti-lock brakes
* Pass Key anti-theft system
* Passive keyless entry system

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT:

* ZR1 Special Performance Package ($31,683)
* --- 5.7 liter, 32-valve dual overhead cam V8 that's complete with Multi-Port Fuel Injection
* --- 315/35ZR17 rear tires
* --- Two 17x9.5 styled aluminum wheels
* --- Two 17x11 styled aluminum wheels
* --- Heavy duty brake system
* --- Electronic air conditioning
* --- Specific body panels
* --- Selective ride and handling
* --- Adjustable, leather-wrapped sport seats
* --- Power, 6-way seats
* --- Tire pressure warning system
* --- Delco Bose Gold Series Music System that features both CD and cassette players
* --- Solar glass
* Roof Package ($950)
* 40th Anniversary Appearance Package ($00)
* --- Power passenger's seat
* --- Ruby Red leather seat trim
* --- Special seat embroidery
* --- Ruby Red wheel inserts
* --- Chrome emblems
* Bronze, removable roof panel ($00)
* 275/40ZR17 front tires ($00)

STANDARD VEHICLE PRICE: $34,595

TOTAL OPTIONS: $32,633

DESTINATION CHARGE: $550

TOTAL VEHICLE PRICE: $67,778

1 of only 245 ZR-1s bathed in exclusive Ruby Red Metallic, this like-new Vette features stunning presence that's highlighted by a spectacular, show worthy shine. Steal one glance down the sides of the car's slick body and it becomes very obvious that, over its 1,527 mile life, great care was taken to maintain a factory-fresh appearance. Step closer to the car's wet looking finish and check out straight and ripple-free panels that aren't plagued by any cracks or major imperfections. Grab the car's well-adjusted hood and feel how smoothly it opens to provide excellent fit that's set off by a glossy clearcoat sheen. If you like vintage Corvettes that are completely true to their assembly line state, they don't get more authentic than this!

Walking around this coupe, it's easy to appreciate how gently late-model C4s have aged. Nearly two decades after they debuted, the car's sharp lines still represent the Corvette brand incredibly well. At the front its pearl body, a clean combination of halogen running lamps and amber turn signals frame a stamped Corvette tag panel that's free of chips or damage of any kind. Above that tag panel, a long hood, which mimics the cowl induction units found on classic Chevrolets, features a chrome Corvette emblem that's complete with a pristine mix of silver checkers, black checkers and a red Chevy bowtie. At the sides of that emblem, the car's profile carries the same coke bottle shape of older Corvettes, except whittled down by years of gained aerodynamic knowledge. Embedded in that knowledge, a ring of body-color trim perfectly complements clear cornering lamps, classy “40 ZR-1” emblems, satin black door handles and body-matched mirrors. Inside those mirrors, original, lightly tinted glass anchors a small center high mount stop lamp behind a heavily tinted roof panel. And at the back of the car's body, four trademark Corvette tail lights frame a gray “CORVETTE” script, vertical reverse lamps and original, square exhaust tips.

The aluminum LT5 V8 found under the hood of this virtually new Corvette is a modern work of automotive art. Originally intended to be a simple set of 16-valve cylinder heads atop a basic Chevrolet small block, the Lotus engineers assigned to the project quickly realized there was no cost-effective way to build such a motley beast. Instead, they designed a world class V8 which shared basic dimensions with Chevrolet's storied small block, but exactly zero interchangeable components. The result is a 32-valve, 4-cam powerhouse that features a trick dual-path induction system, 405 horsepower and 385 lb./ft. of torque, all without any help from fuel supplements or any kind of forced induction. The aesthetically pleasing piece was assembled by Mercury Marine, whose specialization in aluminum casting won them the contract. And when fitted under the Corvette's clamshell hood, it became an ultra-performance world record holder. There's no mistaking the big engine's unique intake and sculpted cam covers, which are emblazoned with the Corvette logo, for something any less than fantastic. And, more beautifully finished than any engine since the 1930s, the LT5 in this ZR-1 is preserved in 100% showroom-fresh condition. Don't worry; the lightweight mill has definitely been operated enough to stay healthy, with its fluids being changed regularly. And nothing, from the bottom of its spotless hood to the top of its clean oil pan, shows any significant signs of wear and tear.

Behind that hot small block, a proven ZF 6-speed distributes power to a factory Corvette rear end. That combination works great in conjunction with the motor's ability to shut down half its intake runners, making this Vette plenty quick off the line and a joy to cruise on the highway. All ZR-1s have a Lotus-tuned FX3 double A-arm front and independent rear suspension, which features both Acceleration Slip Regulation and driver-adjustable Active Ride Control. 4-wheel, Lotus-tuned power disc brakes combine with Lotus-tuned power steering to keep all that power productive and pointed straight. Factory dual exhaust runs from original equipment manifolds into two rear-mounted mufflers that hang just before GM's familiar square exhaust tips. And torque meets the pavement through a sweet set of machined alloys that spin super wide 275/40ZR17 Goodyear Eagle GS-C radials in front of even wider 315/35ZR17 Goodyear Eagle GS-C radials. The bottom of this Corvette is every bit as nice as its spectacular engine compartment and glossy exterior panels, showing minimal wear and almost no signs of weathering. The car's bright suspension bits contrast nicely to a clean floorpan. And its straight and solid chassis barely looks like its seen ANY time on the street.

Good preservation is key to any vintage car's interior, and this C4's clean cockpit looks factory fresh in virtually every way. The plush driving environment kicks off with a pair of 6-way, power adjustable buckets that are stitched in Ruby Red leather. In front of those buckets, a leather-wrapped and cross-flag branded steering wheel laps a conservative dash that's fitted with both clear analog and bright digital gauges. Inside that dash, the car's modern center stack anchors electronic climate control above a premium Delco Bose sound system, a simple black shifter and buttons for the adjustable suspension. Opposite that center stack, two-tone side panels hang switches for both power windows and power door locks above sculpted armrests. At the back of those side panels, a surprisingly spacious cargo hold features enough room for short, weekend road trips. And naturally, all the amenities and conveniences you've come to expect in a modern ride are present and accounted for.

The sale of this investment grade C4 includes the following documents and accessories:

* A laminated build sheet
* Original factory paperwork
* A laminated window sticker
* A Chevrolet pre-delivery inspection
* A Chevrolet delivery inspection
* An original owner's manual
* An original owner's VHS tape
* A thorough VIN breakdown
* Paperwork from the National Council of Corvette Clubs
* A few extra keys
* A painted targa roof

The best aspect of owning a rare, low-mileage ZR-1 is: whether you decide to drive it or stash it, you own a genuinely great car that's capable of comfortably traveling anywhere. While every subsequent generation of Corvette has shared the same set of goals, this one marks the first whole-hearted attempt at transforming America's best sports car into the world's best sports car. Don't miss your chance to take home a fantastic example of one the most significant Corvettes ever assembled.

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