This Ultimate 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Only Has 43 Miles On It

This 1990 Corvette ZR1 has only 43 miles on it and will be in The Gold Collection at the Bloomington Gold event on June 10th and 11th at the Illinois State University in Bloomington, Illinois. Today we take a look at its history and the history of the C4 ZR1 Corvette.

1990 Corvette Coupe ZR1 with only 43 Miles
Mark Donnally’s 1990 Corvette Coupe ZR1 with only 43 Miles

It’s one thing to be able to afford an amazing new car like the classic C4 1990 Corvette coupe ZR1, but it’s another thing altogether to insist that your local dealership does not prepare it for sale. Purchased at Future Chevrolet in Woodbridge, NJ, Mr. Gurski left strict instructions for the dealership not to apply the standard new car dealer prep to his 1990 Corvette coupe ZR1 before he picked it up. The front spoiler was removed and the Corvette was loaded on a rollback for the short ride to the Gurski home.

Mr. Gurski’s ZR1s Early Life

Throughout the next 27 years, the car would be driven around the block three times per year, but only on days with perfect weather. Now with 42 miles on it, Mr. Gurski put the car up for sale on eBay.

The New Owner

Anne and Mark Donnally of Harrodsburg, Kentucky were in the market for a ZR1. One of their friends, Steve Bramati, found out that an extremely low mile ZR1 in their favorite color was for sale on eBay. They purchased the car in 2017. All original documents, factory and dealership documents, were retained. Mark had this to say: It’s like I’m stepping back in time, it’s the ZR1 that transports me back to 1990 and brings back so many good memories.

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The ZR1 Corvette History

1990 Corvette ZR1 Prototype EX 5884
1990 Corvette ZR1 Prototype EX 5884

Since the late 1980s, rumors, and speculation had been ongoing in the automotive press with talk of an all-powerful, King of the Hill Corvette model that would deliver extraordinary performance. All rumors that it existed eventually turned out to be true when the ZR1 finally debuted at the 1989 Geneva Auto Show.

1990 Chevrolet Corvette © General Motors
1990 Chevrolet Corvette © General Motors

There were 23,646 Corvette cars made in 1990. The base price for the coupe was $31,979. (The ZR1 Special Performance Package was only available on the coupe.) They’ve sold 3,032 ZR1 options at an additional cost of $27,016, making the starting cost of a ZR1 $58,995. This was by far the most expensive option in an American production car at the time.

Lotus designed the 1990 ZR-1 Corvette that held the title King of the Hill at the time. Its V8 LT5 engine with dual-overhead cams and four valves per cylinder made for a one-of-a-kind Corvette with 380 hp in its day. Interestingly, the Chevy engine wasn’t made by Chevy itself but by MerCruiser under Mercury Marine. This powerful sports car will reach 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and accelerate from a dead stop to 100 mph in just 10.4 seconds. Car and Driver magazine dubbed this new machine the “Corvette From Hell.”

Car and Driver magazine dubbed the new Corvette ZR1 the “Corvette From Hell.”
Car and Driver magazine dubbed the new Corvette ZR1 the “Corvette From Hell.”
1990 Chevrolet Corvette @GM
1990 Chevrolet Corvette @GM

Not only was the ZR1 new and powerful; it was complete, featuring wide bodywork to accommodate bigger rear tires and unique rear fascia with distinctive taillights.

The ZR1’s 6-speed manual transmission, as well as other extras such as leather seats, AM/FM stereo sound system with CD player and Delco Bose speakers, Low Tire Pressure Warning System, and specially laminated solar windshield, come as standard equipment.

The suspension found on the ZR1 is both advanced and unique: it includes a performance-enhancing Electronic Selective Ride and Handling Package and a unique version of the Z51 Performance Handling Package featuring special soft springs and sway bars.

1990 Chevy Corvette ZR1Engine

The 90 ZR1 Corvette engine is powered by a 32-valve, 5.7-liter, port-fuel-injected V-8 engine with an aluminum block and aluminum heads.

Horsepower: 380 hp @ 6,200 rpm
Torque: 370 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

The 1990 Corvette ZR1 averages 17 miles per gallon when fueled up, has a fuel tank capacity of 20 gallons, and runs on regular unleaded gasoline. According to the EPA Mileage estimates, this car would get 15 miles per gallon in the city or 23 miles per gallon on the highway.

Here is a photo of Mark Donnally’s 1990 ZR1 Corvette Engine:

Mark’s Corvette will be one of the featured cars that this year’s Bloomington Gold Corvette show.

1990 Corvette ZR1 Engine
1990 Corvette ZR1 Engine

Mark’s 1990 Corvette ZR1 Interior

Improvements were made inside the Corvette too. The updated version of the dashboard now features a digital speedometer combined with an analog tachometer, fuel gauge, oil pressure gauge, battery gauge, and so forth.

1990 Corvette ZR1 Interior
Having never been dealer prepped, this as-new ZR1 has been invited to the Bloomington Gold 50th Anniversary Gold Collection.
1990 ZR1 Interior
1990 ZR1 Interior

1990 Corvette Interior Color Choices

Only certain interior colors could be combined with certain exterior color choices. These are the interiors that were available depending on your exterior choice.

CODECOLOR
19CBlack Cloth
193Black Leather
223Blue Leather
60CSaddle Cloth
603Saddle Leather
733Red Leather
903Gray Leather

Below are the Exterior Color Choices for the 1990 Corvette

CODEEXTERIORQUANTITY
10White4,872
25Steel Blue Metallic813
41Black4,759
42Turquoise Metallic589
53Competition Yellow278
68Dark Red Metallic2,353
80Quasar Blue Metallic474
81Bright Red6,956
91Polo Green Metallic1,674
96Charcoal Metallic878

Special Invitation

After five years of ownership, Mark’s ZR1 still only has 43 miles on it. Having never been dealer prepped, this as-new ZR1 has been invited to the Bloomington Gold 50th Anniversary Gold Collection.

Bloomington Gold will be celebrating its 50th show this year and held on June 10th and 11th. The show dubbed “Back To Bloomington!” will be held at Bone Student Center at Bloomington-Normal’s Illinois State University and has a complete weekend of full events planned.

For information and tickets visit their website https://www.bloomingtongold.com/ or call 309-888-4477.

Make sure to stop by the Vette Vues Magazine vendor booth in the Horton Field House. Our booth space is A12 right next to the men’s restroom.

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