1990 Chevrolet Corvette

Mecum exceeds $200M in Kissimmee
Thursday, 6 January - Sunday, 16 January
Sale Price
$50,000 - $60,000
Est. Range
13 January 2022
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Chassis no. 1G1YZ23J4L5802835. Black over black leather. 350/375hp, 6-speed, both roofs (transparent and body color), CD stereo. Comes with original window sticker as well as original box containing books, video cassette, plastic key, and key chain.

Evaluation: Just 27 miles and never sold. It’s still on the MSO. Represented with two owners from new. No word on whether it runs and drives, but it presents like a new car as one would expect. A “wrapper car” in every sense of the term.

Bottom Line: 1990 was the C4 Corvette ZR-1’s best-selling year with 3049 built, and there are still plenty out there with low miles and a clean history. Even so, for a car that went toe to toe with European exotics in its day and earned the nickname “King of the Hill”, the ZR-1 still isn’t an outrageously expensive car and arguably one of the few solid values left in 1990s high-performance. Had it actually sold new to a private owner 22 years ago, this car’s purchase price would have been about $67,000 (or about $145,000 today). That puts this strong but realistic Kissimmee result in perspective.

by Andrew Newton
24 January 2022
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