And that's without a dealership markup.
It could very well turn out to be one of the craziest supercars from a mainstream American automaker of all time. The new 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 is a masterpiece of engineering, a culmination of everything learned (so far) from the C7 program. All-American V8 power lives, and someone was prepared to pay handsomely to own the very first C7 ZR-1 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. ZR-1 VIN number 001 has just been sold for just shy of $1 million, specifically $925,000.
The winning bid came from, not at all surprisingly, Rick Hendrick, chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group and a NASCAR team owner. Hendrick is no stranger to buying the very first production version of a high-performance and, likely, rare, American-built sports cars and supercars. Past purchases include the first Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 LE and the Acura NSX (which is built in Ohio). As is with tradition, 100 percent of the ZR-1 auction proceeds will be donated to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, an organization that supports wounded veterans and first responders with mortgage-free loans and assistance to pay off existing mortgages.
For those who could not match Hendrick's bid, no need to fret. Chevrolet will be more than happy to sell you a brand-new Corvette ZR-1 for a base price of about $120,000. Considering it's the fastest and most powerful production Corvette of all time, thanks to its supercharged V8 producing 755 hp, that's really one hell of a bargain. Then again, the Corvette has always been an incredible bargain since day one.