This C4 ZR1 Corvette ad has got to be the saddest Corvette for sale post in existence. Here’s why.
While C4 ZR1’s are uncommon cars to find for sale, if you really want to buy one, since there were thousands made and the market for them has pretty much bottomed out, you can get one for a good price. According to this particular Craigslist ad in Chicago posted earlier last week that popped up on Reddit’s /r/cars yesterday (Dec. 22, 2017) someone put up their 1990 Corvette ZR1 with just 350 miles on the odometer for $39,990. That’s right. In its entire existence, it’s only been driven, on average 13 miles a year! Sad.
According to the only two photos attached to the ad, the car does indeed look like it’s in immaculate condition. The owner put that he has all the original papers, both tops, and has kept this ZR1 stored in a climate controlled garage (although that last claim is a bit debatable since the garage looks like your average home garage.)
It’s not clear how the seller got this particular Corvette, if they are the original owner, if they inherited it from a loved one or if they just got a really good deal on a dealership model that’s been displayed for all this time. But the fact remains. For 27 years, this beast of 90’s GM excellence hasn’t been driven hard like, in my opinion, it should’ve been.
Even before the C4 ZR1 was introduced, the ZR1 project received a moniker it would carry during its production run, King of the hill. It was the fastest production Corvette at the time and was bred to be a true world class car. Underneath the hood was an engine of epic proportions, an LT5 V8 good for 375 HP and 370 lb-ft from ’90-’92 which jumped to 405 HP and 385 lb-ft from 93′-95′. Callaway Corvette’s even got a C4 Regular Production Option (RPO) B2K (Not to be confused with the ZR-1) up to 254.7 MPH.
Suffice to say, this car was made to stretch its legs.
According to ZR1 Registry, there were roughly 6,900 ZR1s made, again, not particularly uncommon.
Back in 1990, a ZR1 new was $58,995 which translates to about $114,000 in 2017. Today, according to Hagerty, ZR1’s in mint Concours edition, perhaps like this one for sale, are going for about $44,000.
Perhaps it isn’t the right time to sell this ZR1 and the market for these GM gems has yet to pick up but one thing is for sure, this car deserves a shot at letting that LT5 sing in its upper rev range more than 13 miles a year.