• Jul 23rd 2008 at 3:31PM
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Click above for high-res gallery of the Corvette ZR1 at Barrett-Jackson

The very first Corvette ZR1 has rolled off the assembly line at General Motors' assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and the proud owner of the 638-horsepower hellraiser was there in person to claim his prize. Chevy dealer and Corvette aficionado Dave Ressler won his supercharged Vette at the Barrett Jackson auction back in January for the astronomical sum of $1 million dollars, which equals about 10 times the ZR1's base price of $103,300. Ressler was allowed to sit behind the wheel of his rarified Vette as it completed its assembly run and exited the factory, and let his granddaughter, Ayden Lynn, ride along shotgun. The special ZR1 is set apart from other Blue Devlis with a unique VIN number and a LeMans Blue paint job that will appear on no other car.

After being performance tested, the ZR1 was put in a trailer and carted back to Montana where it will be put in a museum with Ressler's 45 other Vettes, including his #003 1953 Corvette. We know, that's no way to treat a thoroughbred like the ZR1, but at least Ressler's million bucks went to a good cause.

Check out a local news report of the occasion after the jump.

[Source: Corvette Blogger]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone remember the old "Win Every Corvette" Contest, where a lucky winner would get a Corvette from 1953-1989? Not one, one from every year. Read more:

      Pretty cool stuff.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Guy wanted the car.
      Million bucks went to the United Way.
      Guy got the car.

      Congrats on your purchase and a million thanks for your generosity.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, people kinda glossed over that fact. It was for a good cause. The fact this guy has that kind of money to give to charity is a GOOD thing. Remember that people.

        The funny part is, The $1m was also a good investment. The First ZR1 is worth every penny.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      I got scared when I saw grandaughter coming up in the article. I was like, oh god a rich snob got to drive it and wrecked it.

      Although I think he is an idiot for spending 1 mill on a museum piece, there are paintings that go for a lot more. Now he should go buy the second one off the line for 500k and drive the s*** out of it!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe when I get that rich one day, I can be an idiot too... but what an idiot... :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      he's probably gonna buy another one to drive.

      sounds like pocket change to him.

      dont forget the $70,000 for the auction fee.
      • 7 Years Ago
      though i think $1 million is way overpriced, i must bow my head in respect to this man's collection.

      though i am not an avid corvette fan, his collection is the kind of collection i dream of having one day (mine would be an audi/porsche collection). congratulations on purchasing this fine car.

      also, for those bemoaning the fact that this car won't be driven much (if ever), i'm sure this gentleman also can buy another ZR1 to beat around the track...
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow, that post was totally worth the ridicule you will receive...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now if only GM could sell more Vettes at this price they wouldn't need the government to bail them out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thats so awesome. I wish I had the money to buy a car just for it to sit on my showroom floor.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Unique VIN, wow! Just like every other car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Haha, good one :D
        • 7 Years Ago

        Best comment yet!
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