If you’re looking for a pristine, rare Corvette, checking out a Mecum auction could be the best place to find what you’re looking for. Coming up at the Bloomington Gold Corvette Auction is one rare Corvette – a ‘71 ZR2 convertible. If you attend this Mecum auction in late June, this amazing historical car could be yours for the right bid.
The ZR2 is notable in the history of Corvette and Chevy performance. In addition to the ZR1 LT1, the 1971 ZR2 was known as one of the top performing Corvettes. Equipped with a 425 horsepower, LS6 454 CI V8 engine, the ZR2 also came with an M22 four-speed transmission, transistor ignition and heavy duty power brakes. Special performance sway bars, shocks and springs were also fitted on the car. The ZR2 was created for optimal performance so it lacked many creature comforts. Just 12 ZR2 Corvettes were made, only two of which were convertibles.
The ZR2 convertible up for bid was originally exported to its first owner, an American citizen living in Germany at the time. In the early 1980’s, the car returned to the United States and has been documented through DMV registrations ever since. Complete ownership records come with the car when it’s auctioned off.
The original Corvette Order Copy, which also comes with the car, shows that this ZR2 was built in May of 1971. This confirms that this particular car was the last one of the 12 ZR2’s built. This means that the Corvette up for auction is the car that truly marks the last of the first-generation LS6-powered Chevy cars.
If you’re interested in this car, the Bloomington Gold Corvette Auction is scheduled for June 24th and 25th. The ZR2 is set to cross the auction block on Saturday the 25th at 2:50p.m. While we don’t know how high the bids will go for this car, they are sure to reach great heights for this rarest-of-the-rare Corvette.