ZL1 is the rarest
option code ever produced for a Corvette. It means that the engine block
is manufactured in aluminium for weight reduction, and a gain of 80 kgs
on the front end of the car, in comparison between a complete 427 ci iron
engine and the ZL1.
The first European owner for this option
was Henri Greder for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970, due to his great
relationship with Zora Arkus Duntov. The result was astonish, Henri finished
in 6th position overall in 1970. Unfortunately the Porsche managers claimed
to the ACO Official saying that the distance effected by the Corvette
was not sufficent in relation with the displacement engine. The verdict
fall and the Corvette was not classified. But it’s very interesting
to note that a GT raced by a private team, finished the 24 hours race
just behind two Ferraris 512S and three Porsches prototypes !!!
This racing Corvette (chassis number
194679S706401 has participated six times at the 24 Hours of Le Mans from
1970 to 1975 and is now owned since 1990 by a friend and well known collectioneer.
The Corvette we have prepared is the
« replica » of the white and blue racing Corvette which was
raced in the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1972, driven by Henry Greder, sponsorized
by the french magazine « Femme d’Aujourd’hui ».
Our project has the only goal to recreate a famous racing car of the seventies,
but in any case to usurp the identify of a vintage racing car still in
The reason we have choosen the 1972
version is for his beauty, but techincally, it’s voluntary that
we have opted for the 1971 GR 4 configuration, because the weight and
performance ratio was 1.222 kgs for about 550 horsepower which must be
the key for us to be very competitive.
The performance is not our only preoccupation,
we also would like to respect the GT spirit of the seventies, by keeping
the original bumbers, dashbord, door panels on the car. The right paint
sheme received a very special care!
It’s now the time to bring
the car to the race track and to race ti to show to everybody the quality
of our work.
you can see all pictures of the total restoration
by double clicking on the STEP
BY STEP RESTORATION