1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

High Performance, Low Mileage, Collectable


Harry's Thoughts

Wow! The engine is the heart and soul of the ZR-1 and makes this 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 so much fun to drive! The low production numbers and high desirability make the ZR-1s very collectable. This ZR-1 would be an amazing addition to any Corvette collection.


This 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 has been very well maintained and is in beautiful condition overall. Dubbed as the “The King of the Hill” and described by Car and Driver as “The Corvette from Hell”, you can be assured the ZR-1s are something special to behold. Capable of 0-60 mph in a little over 4 seconds and a top speed of 175 mph, this limited production run (3,049 for 1990) and low mileage (34,868) ZR-1 is ready to be enjoyed while showing and touring.

The ZR-1s are hand-built and one of the fastest production cars ever made. They are the original American made Super Car. The base Corvette could be purchased for $31,979. The ZR-1 package alone added an additional $27,015 due to the cost of the hand-built engine and the significant body changes. The ZR-1 proceeded to set a series of land speed and endurance records covering 5,000 miles at an average speed of 173.791 mph and running for 24 hours at an average speed of 175.885 mph.

This ZR-1 was acquired through MGM Classic Cars on 5/12/2020 by Hank Johnson of Phoenix, AZ. Mr. Johnson has maintained and serviced the Corvette very well during his ownership and has enjoyed and shown the ZR-1 numerous times.

The livery is Dark Red Metallic with beautiful luster and shine. The paint shows very well overall with very few minor imperfections that are nearly unnoticeable and only visible upon very close inspection. The ZR-1 body is unique from the base Corvette in that the body work widens beginning at the leading edge of the doors and culminates in a tail that is 3” broader with a convex rear facia complete with square-lensed taillamps. The ZR-1 moniker is located on the lower right of the facia and will be visible to other drivers as you zoom past them. This additional rear width accommodates the Good Year Eagle P315/35ZR-17 Gatorback tires made specifically for the ZR-1. The cast aluminum “saw blade” wheels are in very nice condition, as is the optional removable roof panel. The ZR-1’s exterior is in beautiful overall condition and shows very well.

The interior is finished in black leather upholstered sport seats that show little wear and are in nice overall condition. The 6-way passenger and driver sport seats adjustable sport seats can be adjusted to an almost limitless number of driving positions. Even the seat wings and lumbar supports are power controlled. The dash shows well, and the instruments all function as designed. The black carpet is in nice condition, showing minimal wear. The interior is in nice condition reflecting the low mileage and care taken with this ZR-1.

The venerable ZR-1 aluminum block engine is a 5.7-liter, 32-valve V-8 LT5 with double overhead cams and 4-valves per cylinder. The engines were designed by GM’s Lotus Division and further developed by GM. They were built under contract by Mercury Marine in Oklahoma. The 5.7-liter V-8 produced 380 hp at 6,200 rpm with 370 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. The power is transferred to the rear wheels through a fully synchronized 6-speed manual transmission. There is a power control dial located on the lower dash which can be set to “Normal” or “Full”. Car and Driver described the engines performance as “otherworldly”. We agree!

This ZR-1 is very well optioned and includes AC, the Selective Ride and Handling Package, Low Tire Pressure Warning, Delco Bose Gold Series music system with CD and Cassette player, solar glass and removable roof panel. Also included are the owner’s manual and several repair and maintenance receipts. This ZR-1 is a beautiful, low mileage, collectable example that would be a perfect addition to any Corvette collection.

For more information and details, please call or text Harry Clark at +1.602.245.7200 or email us at This Corvette ZR-1 is available for inspection at our Phoenix showroom. We are pleased to offer FaceTime or WhatsApp live video inspections and we help coordinate shipping worldwide. We also have financing partners if you are interested in financing.

1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1



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1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1
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VIN 1G1YZ23J2L5802378
BODY STYLE Coupe with Removable Top
FUEL Gasoline
MILES 34,868
GEARBOX 6-Speed Manual
INT COLOR Black Leather
EXT COLOR Dark Red Metallic
YEAR 1990

Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1



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