A Dealer Kept A Brand New 1991 Corvette ZR1 In His Garage, Now It Could Be Yours

While not completely impossible, finding a fourth-generation Corvette ZR1 in showroom condition with less than 300 miles (483 kilometers) on the odometer isn’t something you see every day.

Yet this could be your lucky day if such a time capsule is your dream. A 1991 Corvette ZR1 with 286 miles (460 km) under its belt is up for sale on eBay for a fixed price of $42,950.

We’re talking about a car that was never titled and has been owned from new by a Chevrolet dealer who has kept it in his private collection ever since. As a result, the car is still under the original Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) until sold to the next owner.

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Being a ZR1, it’s a well-equipped model featuring dual tops (glass and metal), black leather seats, air conditioning, cruise control, power-adjustable seats, as well as power windows and locks. It also packs a cassette player, ABS, and a driver airbag.

Most importantly, the permanent resident under the long hood is an LT5 5.7-liter aluminum-block V8 motor co-developed with Lotus that delivers 375 hp (381 PS / 280 kW) to the rear wheels via a ZF six-speed manual gearbox. This ensures the C4 Corvette ZR1 remains relevant even today from a performance standpoint as it covers the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint in 4.4 seconds and can hit more than 180 mph (290 km/h).

The seller says the car just received “an extensive service” including cleaning for the entire fuel delivery system, GM PCM chip and PROM, oil change with new GM Delco “Black” oil filter, new battery and more. The classic Corvette ZR1 is said to run like a new car with the exception of the speakers which need new Bose amps (two of them work and two don’t). The original tires show some signs of aging so they probably should be replaced too.

The 1991 Corvette ZR1 comes complete with the original sets of keys, original Stock tag still adhered to the inside of the glass, extensive paperwork, and Carfax service history up to 77 miles – the owner recently drove it for around 185 miles after the recent service to get everything oiled up and make sure everything is running as it should in preparation for the sale.

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  • Craig

    I wouldn’t mind this. Not one bit! That said [and I’ve asked this before] because it was never actually SOLD – would it come with the factory warranty? If not…. why not?

    • db

      Isn’t the warranty 36,000 miles or 36 months whichever comes first?

      • Ben

        Yeah, I think you’re right about that.

      • Craig

        But that starts the day the car is registered with its FIRST owner. [As ‘TheHunnn’ said] This car has never had an owner.

        • db

          You have a good point Craig but these OEMs have been around for a while and I doubt this is the first time this has happened. There must be something in the small print somewhere addressing this.

          I’m thinking, OEM’s only carry parts for what, ten years after a model is discontinued? They might even have the parts anymore.

    • john1168

      GOOD question.

    • IN THE DESCRIPTION: “Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty”.

      • Craig

        I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN! haha

  • LJ

    This never before titled Corvette was never titled before.

    But… was it titled?

  • thejohnnycanuck

    So am I the only one who thought the price would be higher?

  • Six_Tymes

    oh how I wish…

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Finally a honest price. It’s a good bargain

  • alexxx

    Why is this better looking then a new one?!

  • LJ


  • TheHunnn

    The 36 months starts from the time of sale. From legal standpoint, it has never been “sold” so Chevrolet could be forced to honor the warranty unless there is a clause in there that renders it invalid after x number of years.

    • Craig

      “…unless there is a clause in there that renders it invalid after x number of years.” I’d love to know if such a clause exists.

  • D Feeley

    I think its cool as hell, not a big vette fan but a brand new cassette player and everything else is pretty cool imho. I would think he may see a pretty good bidding war on it but who knows.

    • db

      I was just going through some house cleaning and I was wondering what to do with my 100+ cassettes. They are kind of useless these days, unless of course if I had a 1991 ZR1…

      • D Feeley

        Lol See there ya go, problem solved. Now you can tell all those calling you a hoarder to go take a hike.

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    Beautiful car.then and now

  • Bonzomatic

    I got to drive a 91 ZR-1 when Chevy was giving them out to people in the media to review. My dad was friends with a guy who was on the radio and said he was too old to handle that much power so he brought it to our house and had me drive him around for a couple hours. It had an insane amount of power for that era, and I loved every minute of it.

  • charlie bear

    This looks absolutely gorgeous!


  • joseph

    Price is way too high for old tech.

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