1990 ZR-1 Corvette


If you have a Corvette collection covering all of the various generations, there’s no way that you can ignore the King of the Hill.  Chevrolet introduced the ZR-1 in 1990 and it was a big hit.  It had different body lines with the convex rear-end instead of the older concave one.  It was wider and meaner.  It had an all aluminum motor which was actually produced by Mercury Marine out of Wisconsin.  If serious motor work needed to be done, they simply dropped in a new one that Chevy bought from Mercury.

When I found this car, it had 561 miles on it.  Even though I drive all of my cars, I didn’t drive this one very much out of respect for the low mileage.  That’s too bad, because I really liked the car.  Check out the window sticker.  It’s a $32,000 car with a $27,000 motor option.  Wow!

Those who know Corvettes know the incredible Z-R1 story. This car was built in 1990 to compete with the World’s best sports cars, and was named King of the Hill. The 375-HP motor had torque like a hemi and RPMS like a small Block Chevy. It could do the quarter mile in the 12’s. The top speed was 190 MPH. The car was 4-in wider than the standard Vette back then and the motor is a $30,000 option. GM made 3015 ZR-1 ‘s in 1990. Sticker price for this Corvette was $60,000, but they sold for 20- 30K over retail when they were first introduced. This beautiful red car came with the original window stickers, VCR tapes, and paperwork.


Bill Sefton
Bill Sefton
Bill Sefton, Chicago native, and passionate car collector. Currently retired, but still involved in the car collection community. Reach out, happy to connect!