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With the arrival of the mid-engine C8 Corvette, and freshly unveiled 2020 Corvette convertible, the sports car nameplate enters a new era. With that said, this mint C7 ZR1 convertible for sale at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction represents the last of an outmoded breed. It is one of the last front-engine Corvettes to ever roll off the production line in Bowling Green. But even though the C7 has been superseded by the C8, the ZR1 is still a special car. The C7 ZR1 is the fastest Corvette ever made. The coupe is good for a top speed over 212 mph, and while no top speed for the convertible was quoted, Chevy’s engineers are certain it’s more than 200 mph.
The C7 ZR1 comes standard with a supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 V-8 good for 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque, which makes it General Motors’ most powerful production car ever. The ZR1 convertible going up for auction this weekend is a black on black spec with the optional eight-speed automatic and the ZTK performance package. That means you get a massive carbon-fiber rear wing, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and Chevy’s magnetorheological dampers, too. The coupe version holds a number of track records, and in our First Test, it hit 60 mph in 3 seconds flat with the high wing equipped, and completed the quarter mile in 10.8 seconds at 133.1 mph. “At the end of the C7-era, this is indeed as good as it gets for a front-engine Corvette,” road test editor Chris Walton said.
Sure, you might still be able to buy a C7 ZR1 convertible new—but not for long. The C8 arrives in early 2020, and dealers with ZR1s still in inventory are likely to mark up prices for what is bound to be a future collectible. This example has less than 100 miles on the clock and is basically factory fresh. It’s the last, and most powerful front-engine Corvette ever, and convertibles are certainly even scarcer than their coupe counterparts. So whether you plan to garage it or tear up a local backroad with the wind in your hair, this black on black beauty might just be the big-horsepower bargain you’re looking for.
The 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas sale roars into Sin City with more than 650 collector cars October 3-5, 2019, at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort. Every lot this year will be offered with no reserve, so you can expect excitement to be high as both bidders and sellers roll the dice on some of the world’s finest collector cars. The experts from MotorTrend will be there to bring you all the action LIVE from the auction block, so be sure to download the app for exclusive, live coverage!