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Autotrader Find: Right-Hand Drive 1994 Chevy Corvette ZR-1

Here’s a 1994 Chevy Corvette ZR-1. Like most other 1994 Corvette ZR-1 models at this point, this one is well-preserved with low original miles, as the original owner probably thought it was a rare collector’s item that would shoot up in value. Unlike most other 1994 Corvette ZR-1 models, this one is right-hand drive.

Yes, that’s right: There’s a 1994 Chevy Corvette ZR-1 listed for sale on Autotrader. With right-hand drive.

The description provides some insight. It notes that the car was "converted when new" to right-hand drive, but "never exported to its intended market," which was apparently Australia. With that said, the ad goes on to say that the conversion cost was $30,000, suggesting it was likely not done when new by General Motors, but once it was already in the hands of the original owner. The ad notes it has "remained in a Corvette collection" ever since the conversion.

Of course, this creates some questions, namely: Why would someone pay $30,000 to convert this car to right-hand drive, then not ship it to a country with right-hand-drive cars? But regardless of the full story, this is certainly cool. And the conversion looks like it was masterfully done; this isn’t some postal vehicle with a belt linking the driver and passenger sides, but rather a professional job that hasn’t left anything out. The car even has amber turn signals (as opposed to the Corvette’s factory red lights that double as brake lights and turn signals), confirming the suggestion that it was bound for a foreign market where they’re required.

I’m not sure exactly who fits into the target market for this car, or whether it’s worth more or less than a regular ZR-1; the Carfax report shows that it got as far as Hawaii where it was registered for at least three years before coming back to the mainland. Now it’s offered by Sovereign Auto in Flushing, Michigan, near Flint, for $68,000. Find a used Chevrolet Corvette for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. $30,000 for a RHD conversion? I would have thought it would be as simple as fitting a dashboard where the steering wheel is at the right, fitting a new steering column, and maybe moving around some ancillaries to the other side of the engine to make space for the new steering column.

    • I don’t think that qualifies as simple. I am pretty sure that these cars were never manufactured for RHD (hence the conversion). This means that everything that required changing required fabrication.

  2. It’s no mystery why the car never came to Australia – You can’t import a car into Australia with a simple RHD conversion.  That conversion must be done by a registered auto workshop that is authorized by the Australian government.  It must meet all Australian design requirements, amber turn signals are 1 of hundreds of changes that would be needed.  Do the seatbelt labels meet Australian requirements?  How about side impact protection, are there reinforced steel braces in the doors?

    This car won’t be going to Australia.  The English may be more accommodating, but I doubt it!
  3. Usually collectability for corvettes is liked to factory originality.  It would be well in the six figure range if that was the case.  But instead this is likely worth less than a nice stock Z.

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