By 1991, the C4 generation of the Corvette was in full swing with no end in sight. Because the C4 received many updates over the years, the first and last year models are almost completely different cars. When comparing the last of the C4s to the first of the C5s, it is very apparent in what direction the Corvette was headed. 1991 is right in the range of C4s sought after by many, as some consider them the perfect transition to bring the Corvette from the 1980s into the 1990s.
This 1991 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has a lot of great things going for it! From condition to performance, there is nothing to dislike about this vehicle. The exterior is in excellent original condition; exactly the condition one would expect for a 44,000 mile car that has seen nothing but care and maintenance. Sitting on a set of original sawblade wheels, this C4 is straight out of a Nintendo 64 video game. The paint and body are both in excellent condition for the age of the vehicle. While you may find a minor chip here or there, this ZR1 is not in the condition of a vehicle that has been ridden hard and put away wet. This car has escaped tacky modification and extreme abuse, perhaps due in part to being a ZR1 and not just a “regular Corvette.” The only notable change that has been made is the addition of an aftermarket exhaust system which sounds great and fits the look.
The interior is in equally maintained condition with minimal defects and wear consistent only with casual, infrequent use (and the manner in which one must insert themselves into a C4 'Vette!). Additionally, the interior is the gorgeous bright red leather that was available. Not much looks better than a red on red Corvette! It is hard to believe that this car was only the beginning of the 1990s; it looks much more advanced than 1991! The seats are comfortable and everything works as it should. All interior systems appear to be functioning properly, and aside from driver's seat bolster wear (see above: squeezing into a C4) is nearly immaculate. If you haven't driven one of these before, a neat and subtle feature is a keyed switch used to set the car to either full or reduced engine power for valet/teenager/brother-in-law use. You can set the car to reduced power and remove the key, making it impossible for an overzealous operate to abuse the full power of this car!
Under the hood is where things really start to get interesting! While it is equipped with 5.7 liter (350CI) LT5 V8, this is not the engine found in a “normal” Corvette. This is an aluminum block V8 with 375HP—roughly 50HP more than the standard Corvette 5.7 produced. Designed for GM by what is now Lotus Cars and manufactured by Mercury Marine, this aluminum performance engine is a work of art. This engine is hooked up to a six-speed ZF manual transmission. Make no mistake, this is a finely tuned, highly researched and well thought out car--serious bang for your buck! Other ZR1 specific upgrades include the enormous 315/35R17 rear tires, ABS, and the Low Tire Pressure Warning system. Another seriously cool (and very advanced) technology feature is the FX3 suspension system. This is an adjustable suspension system engineered by Bilstein that allows for ride dampening changes at the push of a button. Talk about being ahead of its time!
This is an uncommon Corvette, in a dynamite color combination packed full of fantastic options. As you can tell from all the research and development from various companies that went in to the development of the ZR1, this is no simple Corvette. It's a ZR1! Remaining in great overall condition, this would be the perfect addition to a Corvette collection or for use as a fun and affordable weekend car.
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DOES IT WORK?
Air Conditioning YES
Oil PSI Gauge YES
Temperature Gauge YES
Fuel Gauge YES
Tail Lights YES
Brake Lights YES
Reverse Lights YES
Turn Signals YES
Emergency Brake YES
Keys – Ignition, Door, Trunk YES
Runs & Drives YES