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When General Motors acquired Group Lotus during 1986, Corvette approached Lotus with plans to develop the C4 Corvette into the world's fastest production car. Under the watchful eye of GM, a new engine was designed by Lotus to replace the standard C4 power plant, the 'L98' V8. The 'LT5' engine was born- an aluminium block V-8 with the same bore centres as the 'L98', but fitted with four overhead camshafts and 32 valves. Lotus also designed an air management system that closed eight of the 16 intake runners and fuel injectors to provide a wider power band when used under part throttle, whilst still giving the engine optimum BHP when running under full throttle.

GM also used input from Lotus when it came to designing the ZR-1's upgraded braking and steering package. In addition to helping with the suspension set up, the FX3 adjustable active ride control ensured the car was more than just a modern day muscle car but also a car that could perform well both on the road and on the track.

This excellent example of a Corvette ZR1 is being offered for sale from its first and only owner who purchased and imported the car from Criswell Chevrolet in 1990. The car was optioned from new with the desirable and costly 'ZR1 Performance Package' which, from looking at the cars excellent history file, cost at the time of purchase $28,111.

The car was also ordered so early in the production of the ZR1 that it is one of the very first cars built being chassis number 00441 denoting it as the 441st car off the line - making its build date late 1989 and being first registered 13/03/1990 in the UK.

If all this wasn't enough to make the car stand out from the rest of the crowd, the car has subsequently covered a mere 10,236 warranted miles from new! This is supported of course not only by its one and only owner but also by the excellent history file with the car which documents all the cars history from new and includes items such as the original bill of sale, import documents, all MOT's and service/maintenance history of the car.

The car comes with two T-Top roof options of a solid steel roof and the optional black tinted panoramic roof. The latter brightens the interior vastly, with almost no noticeable colour change between the roof and body colour. The car was also fitted with an uprated 1991 specification front bumper assembly and side vents with the original side vents included in the sale. Also included in the sale is a pair of new original fitment rear Goodyear Eagle tyres.

This is an excellent example of a future classic that ticks all the boxes in terms of ownership, mileage and history. Outstanding value too!


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