Don’t miss the chance to own a rare 1971 Corvette ZR2 coupe, one of only 12 ever built and believed to be the last one produced. This exceptional vehicle will be auctioned by Mecum in Indianapolis on May 20.
The Corvette ZR2 was a limited edition model exclusively offered in 1971, alongside the ZR1 variant introduced the previous year. The main distinction between the two track-focused Corvettes was the engine.
While the ZR1 featured the original LT1 V-8, the ZR2 was equipped with the LS6 engine, a 454 cubic-inch powerhouse producing 425 hp as per factory specifications.
Out of the 188 Corvettes built with the LS6 engine in 1971, only 12 received the ZR2 package, priced at $1,741. This particular ZR2 boasts a Muncie M22 “Rock Crusher” close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission, heavy-duty power brakes, an aluminum radiator with metal fan shroud, transistorized ignition, and upgraded suspension components. As a dedicated track car, it lacked amenities such as power steering and air conditioning.
According to the auction listing, this ZR2 coupe, the last documented ZR2 built, left the St. Louis factory on May 28, 1971. Initially exported to Golden Mile Chevrolet-Oldsmobile in Toronto, it eventually returned to the US and underwent a meticulous body-off restoration by Corvette Repair Inc. It now exhibits the original Brands Hatch Green paint with a Dark Green vinyl interior, presenting a factory-correct appearance.
Mecum estimates that this ZR2 coupe will fetch between $475,000 and $600,000 at the auction.