#1562 was born on the 15th of March, 1991. An artic white and red baby weighing around 3345lbs. Sex was pure a 375HP. A 17x11 rear footprint placed that power to the ground. Ray Korte was the receiving dealer and their first glance at this spanking new baby occurred about three weeks later in Scottsdale Arizona. #1562 sat on the lot for almost a year gathering only 25 miles worth of test drives on the odometer before she was first purchased.
Accumulating 10,000 miles in two years the young child changed ownership. These owners were rather pleased with the car and regularly took it for long burst of high speed. In 1996 at 42,000 miles one of those short trips spelled doom. The car failed to negotiate a curve and went flying over a cliff into the drink. The occupants were unharmed, but the white ZR-1 had seen better days.
Every body panel except for the driver side door was damaged. When the insurance investigator went to examine the car, his primary concern was the LT5 engine. The $30,000 option would be the primary factor whether the car could be repaired or not. A few minutes at the ignition proved that the LT5 would not start.
The owners aware that the frame was undamaged and all all structure was intact, offered the Car to Jim Van Dorn of Auto Masters as the foundation for his fledgling Race Team, Pirate Racing.
Jim stuffed the car into the back of his shop and started contemplating its resurrection as the first Pirate race car.
One day while Jim was examing the car, he noticed a twig wedged in an electrical connector leading to the rear of the vehicle. He removed the twig and then hit the ignition, the LT5 started right up. The car was salvagable.
February 16th, 1998 saw the ZR-1 find a new owner. Jim promised that the car would be treated to a Street Skinner package which would unlock about an extra 100hp in the engine, in addition the car would have new fiberglass applied and the paint done by one of LA's finest paint shops, Performance Paint and Body. The only stipulation for this nominally priced restoration is that Jim got to choose the color.
Two years later this ZR-1 was born again as this Wild Cherry exterior 475HP demon.