2009 Corvette ZR1 3ZR: A Failed Auction and Current Market Analysis

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2009 Corvette ZR1 3ZR
2009 Corvette ZR1 3ZR

Among the more extreme models was the ZR1. It was a road weapon with carbon fiber accents and a supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V8 engine that could compete with any Italian or German exotic of the time when it was revealed by General Motors in December 2007. The C6 ZR1 is still incredibly quick, even by 2024 standards.

Speaking of 2024 standards, how much would you pay for a 2009 ZR1 3ZR today? Take this Velocity Yellow model, for example, with only 7,000 miles on it. It recently failed to sell at auction. The owner, a dealer from Colorado, declined an $81,500 bid. For context, this Vette cost $119,860 new, which adjusts to about $175,000 in 2024 dollars. Crazy, but that’s inflation.

Examining similar low-mileage 2009 ZR1s on the market, they often sell for over $100,000. This owner likely expected it to fetch more than $81k, probably aiming for something close to the price of a 2024 Z06 (more base spec, not fully loaded). Hence, the reserve wasn’t met.

2009 Corvette ZR1 3ZR
2009 Corvette ZR1 3ZR (Corvette)

This flagship Corvette features a bright yellow exterior with xenon headlights, an exposed carbon fiber roof, a clear engine cover, polished quad exhaust outlets, tinted taillights, and staggered-diameter wheels with Continental ExtremeContact Sport tires. It also includes Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo ceramic brakes, and blue calipers.

Inside, it has Ebony leather power-adjustable bucket seats, a color-coordinated dashboard, a center console, and door panels, plus the 3ZR Premium Equipment Group, which includes heated seats, a power-adjustable steering column, a Bose sound system, and sat-nav. Additional features are an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, keyless access, push-button start, a head-up display, cruise control, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Under the hood, the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 delivers 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. It’s got 30 fewer horsepower than a modern Z06 but an extra 144 lb-ft of torque.

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