Talk About Rare: 1988 Corvette ZR-1 Prototype

ZR1 Corvette

The ZR-1, nicknamed “King of the Hill,” first appeared as a C4 Corvette in 1990. It set itself apart from an standard Vette with a wider rear end and its use of the 32-valve, DOHC, LT5 V8 engine. Along with the B2K Callaways, the ZR-1 was the very best of the 4th generation Corvettes and could hold its own with exotics costing more than double.

Over on Cars & Bids is a 1988 prototype ZR-1 up for auction. It was built by GM and used by Lotus in Hethal, England as it developed the LT5 engine. It is said to be one of only type prototype ZR-1’s in existence.

Doug’s Take:

This is an incredibly special car — a ZR-1 prototype that was used by Lotus when they were developing the LT5 V8 engine for the famed Corvette ZR-1. A standard ZR-1 is pretty cool, but this is on a whole different level — and the story behind it is quite interesting. I also love the color scheme, which is so perfectly 1980s. If you’re looking for a piece of Corvette history, this is it.

It seems like an interesting place to try selling such an rare and important car, so we’ll be watching to see the outcome of this auction. Head on over and place a bid for your chance to own a piece of history!

Update: Sold for $75,000 on 12/15/20

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