AJ's Car of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet LT-1 ZR-1 Corvette Coupe

Car: Chevrolet LT-1 ZR-1 Corvette Coupe

Year: 1970

What makes it special: Of the 17,316 Corvettes built for 1970, only 25 were ZR-1's. They were equipped with all the heavy duty racing equipment previously only available on L88 Corvettes for 1967, '68 and '69.

What made them famous: The ZR-1's 370 hp Turbofire 350 V8. The ZR-1 is the rarest small block V8 known. It could be mated to an M-22 Rock Crusher 4-speed manual transmission.

Why I would want one: First off, the Chevrolet Corvette is one of the rare few vehicles I have yet to drive. So, to have one of the few LT-1 ZR-1's ever produced would be fitting. Not to mention that Chevrolet's Corvette Stingray is the iconic American sports car, and I just love the Coupe's removable solid, body paint matching Moonroof T-tops.

 Fun fact: Some believe the "ZR" lettering to stand for "Zora Racer", named after chief Corvette engineer Zora Duntov, but the reality is the codes are usually random and get meaning from enthusiasts.

 

( 1970 Chevrolet LT-1 ZR-1 Corvette Coupe photo from barrett-jackson.com )