Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: Past, Present, and Future

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The C3 ZR-1

The 1970s and early ‘80s were a tumultuous time for American auto manufacturers. They found themselves squeezed by new emissions regulations and changing consumer tastes. By the end of its run, the third-generation (C3) Corvette was only making around 200 horsepower.

But before all that, as the muscle car era breathed its last breaths, was the C3 ZR-1. Produced from 1970 to 1972, the ZR-1 was introduced as a performance package that could be added to Corvettes that already had the LT-1 engine, Chevrolet’s famous 350 small block, which was then rated at 370 horsepower. The ZR-1 package ($1,010) added stabilizer bars, plus a racing suspension and brakes.

In an era when it’s fair to say handling and braking were not major priorities for manufacturers of American performance cars, the ZR-1 stood out as a muscle car with attributes besides displacement and horsepower.

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