I buy parts from a wrecking yard owner at his house. With a day's
notice, the parts are waiting on the front step and I give the check to
his wife on my way home from work.
Yesterday, I drove up in my '91 C4. "Is that a ZR1?" she asked. "No,
"We have one here in the garage. It has 74 miles on it."
Turns out, they bought it as an investment, hauled it home on a roll
back, and put it in the garage where it's sat ever since. It has one
test drive at the dealer on it.
Sad but true.
Of the 6939 ZR1's produced between 1990 and 1995 a little over half have
been accounted for. More than a few have met their untimely demise,
either on the race track or on the street. There's pictures of at least
6 wrecked ZR1's at www.wreckedexotics.com,
The rest remain hidden away in storage, awaiting the day when they bring
as big a return for their owners as a '69 ZL1 or an unmolested L88 coupe.
Which isn't likely to happen anytime soon.
There were also 84 "Evaluation" pre-production ZR1's made in 1989. Most
were probably returned to GM to be crushed, however a few (unknown
exactly how many) were spared and still exist today.
There are also a small handful, maybe as many as a dozen or so
pre-production mules and test cars that somehow escaped the crusher.
Not to mention the 3 or 4 that were crushed and left to rot in a field
somewhere near the Lotus production facility in Norfolk England that
were discovered by Corvette/ZR1 enthusiasts and revived/restored.
These cars will probably be worth quite a lot sometime in the future.
Sad but true, by the time it is worth what they paid for it that money in a low
interest CD will have been worth 2 ZR1s. If you every see a ZR1 catch a true L88
value our date will start out as Three Thousand and whatever.
You're doing what the ZR1 was built to do, be driven for the fun of driving a
great car, not sit in a garage collecting dust and very little added value.
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