Pollock Pines, CA
2 months ago
1993 Corvette ZR-1 40th Anniversary model, #338 out of 448 made that year and one of 245 40th Anniversary ZR-1s made, so this is a rare car. Quick ratio Power Steering, Power brakes/door locks/windows/rear hatch/mirrors/antenna, cruise control, hatch/mirror defrost system, ABS, ASR, 405 HP, 6 speed ZF manual transmission (all ZR-1s were manuals), 180+ mph top speed. In 1993, this was the fastest production car in the world. Yet, if you keep your foot out of it, you’ll get 20+ mpg on the highway. The car has about 53,300 miles on it. I did all the maintenance, receipts and log go with the car. The car has the original numbered engine and transmission (“numbers matching” in the Corvette world).
The option list is lengthy for the Corvette: this car has every option possible in 1993, including dual roof panels, dual leather power sport seats, electronic climate control, selective ride/handling, low tire pressure warning system, Bose CD/Cassette/AM/FM sound system, 40th Anniversary package, ZR1 package. List price in 1993: somewhere north of $65K.
I have owned the car since December 2004, 4th owner. Clean CA title, recent clean smog check, clean Carfax, no frame rust, new battery, spare tire/jack/lug wrench all there, wheel locks, good glass, everything works (LTPWS, seat lumbar pumps, A/C, electronic climate control, lights, pop up headlights, wipers, horns, gauges, a long list…), all except for the CD player. More on that later. Front tires are good, rear tires just about worn out. I’m not going to put rear tires on the car since every Corvette owner seems to have a different opinion about tires. You choose. That said, if you are not going to autocross or race the car, a pair of Z rated summer Sumitomos will set you back about $300 plus tax, mounting and balancing. Current tires are Pirelli P7000 Supersports.
Modifications to the car are minimal. An aftermarket hood, solar film applied to the rear hatch (easily removable), a CAGS plug (defeats the factory 1-4 shift sequence) and an auxiliary sound system input. The CD player in these cars never was very good, skipped, would not play CD-Rs and so rather than have it fixed (about $200) I installed an auxiliary 3.5mm mini plug, connects to your iPhone, iPad, Rio, basically any mp3 player with a 3.5mm (1/8”) headphones jack. It’s tucked out of sight in the center console, so the interior looks stock.
Of course, no 24 year old car is perfect, and neither is this one. The paint is mostly good, but the front clip has a lot of chips from rocks, and the hood has a few paint cracks. One wheel has a 2” x2” clear coat patch peeled off. There is a 3” x 9.5” cutout in the aftermarket film on the rear hatch. The interior has a few wear spots, and interior fit and finish is not the best, typical GM. I suspect the car was sideswiped, as the driver door, roof panel and hood are not original to the car. All this happened before I owned the car. The Carfax report and title are both clean (no damage history recorded), so I don’t really know what the story is. I bought the car from a consignment company in Redwood City, CA, and they would not give me the owner’s information.
Included with the car is a wealth of information-owner’s kit, dealer’s brochure, three GM factory manuals, three GM training manuals, Chilton’s manual, parts manual CD, catalogs, books, ZR1net registry newsletters (I am a founding member), a scale model and a CD of stuff I’ve collected over the years relevant to the ZR-1. I’ll also include a bunch of spare parts, including the original ignition wires with the LT-5 imprint. Finally, I’ll buy you a one year membership in the ZR1 net registry (zr1netregistry.com), the absolute best source for information about these supercars.
Bottom line-if you are looking for a concours level car, this is not it. If you are looking for a solid investment and a rare car you can actually drive, look no further.