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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale August 18th – 20th, 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 16th Annual Monterey, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
During 1970, Corvette Chief Engineer Zora Arkus Duntov applied the lessons learned from the all-conquering L88 to the small-block Corvette, resulting in the race-ready ZR1. Although formally listed as a “Special Engine Package,” the ZR1 was in reality a small- block version of the L88 with identical chassis preparation, brakes, cooling, and accessory deletions. There were 1,287 buyers for the LT1 Corvette that year, but only 25 of them chose the ZR1 combination. It was powered by the mighty LT1 solid-lifter small block, which was fitted with a heavy-duty L88 starter and a lightweight flywheel, mated to the famous Muncie M22 “Rock Crusher” 4-speed manual transmission. RPO J56 Heavy-Duty Brakes were used, as were transistorized ignition, a special aluminum radiator with surge tank and metal fan shroud, heavy-duty springs and shocks and larger- diameter front and rear sway bars, all features of the L88. In keeping with its mission as a competition car, the ZR1 could not be ordered with power windows, power steering, air conditioning, a rear-window defogger, wheel covers, or even a radio. Chevrolet produced just 25 examples of this ultimate small-block Corvette for 1970. This is one of those few constructed and more incredibly, it was ordered as a convertible.
This stunning Classic White on Blue example is one of only a handful of ZR1 versions equipped with that special racing package, and was ordered with tilt/telescopic steering and a 4.11:1 Positraction differential. The car was originally prepared and sponsored by Corvette racing legend Dick Guldstrand for SCCA solo competition for then-owner George Lynch. Since that time, it has had only three other owners and is highly regarded as a former part of the Chuck Ungurean ZR1 Collection. Recently during 2015, it was given an extensive mechanical restoration and detailing and it earned NCRS Top Flight honors. Among the rarest and most potent small-block models ever built, this ultra-performance Corvette comes with exceptional provenance and documents including the original purchase order worksheet, Protect-O-Plate, and copies of the shipping forms. It was a magazine cover car during its racing days, has secured Bloomington Gold certification, and most recently scored a spectacular 98.3/100 in Top Flight NRCS judging in 2015. The word exceptional is not overused with this car. An amazingly well-presented ZR1 Corvette, it is both a unique investment opportunity and a highlight of any serious collection.
Highlights at a Glance:
1 of 25 ZR1s produced in 1970, only a handful were convertibles
NCRS Top Flight Award in 2015 scoring 98.3
Mechanical restoration in 2015 by The Corvette Shop in Costa Mesa, California
Original purchase order and Protect-O-Plate
Four owner car with ownership history
Former Sports Car Magazine cover car
ZR1 special performance engine package
Matching numbers LT1 350/370 HP V-8
M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed transmission
J56 heavy duty brakes
Special 4.11 rear axle ratio
Lightweight flywheel, heavy duty L88 starter
SCCA solo race prepped and sponsored by Dick Guldstrand for George Lynch
Copies of shipper papers, ownership history and judging sheets
Classic White with Blue interior and White soft top
Tilt/telescopic steering column