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Old 04-16-2019, 01:33 PM
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I recently purchased a C3 that had been modified. The wheels are the same style as the 1990 ZR1 wheels but have a center cap held on with one screw. The wheels are the same size as my 1990 ZR1's wheels. I found a reference to them as 1989 pre-production ZR1 wheels.
I was wondering if anyone has run into a similar set in the past or have any additional information on them. The former owner says he ordered them from a Chevrolet dealer parts department back in 1989 from their parts book.
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It was possible to buy the 89 style wheels at one point.
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Not many of those around, but they are out there. I think their cool. Enjoy
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Originally Posted by fasttruck View Post
IThe wheels are the same size as my 1990 ZR1's wheels. I found a reference to them as 1989 pre-production ZR1 wheels.

ZR-1 offset also?

In either case, that's an interesting wheel.
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same offset as my 1990 ZR1 wheels. I have found a few pictures of 1989 preproduction Zs and they
had these wheels.
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All the 1989 Pilot cars had these wheels, here's one that sold at the BJ Auction some time ago.
It says in the ad that there were 83 Pilot cars, but I actually think there were much fewer.
Very cool wheels regardless.
https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Even...TTE-ZR1-201422
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I have a set of the rears NIB with the ZR1 offset. They were never available commercially from GM, but the spares were likely sold by GM through some other venue.
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Several parts did make it out into the Dealerships and some through the various engineering/racing groups. I recently got a pair of 89 rear ZR-1 wheels that are perfectly round but need restoring. As for the total number built of the 89 ZR-1 I am not certain but VIN 00084 was to be the last Pilot Car and 00085 was to be the first production car. This information was provided to me via Gordon Killebrew back when I had an 89 Pilot car.

Neat wheels and I am looking forward to getting a set on my early 90 ZR-1 for the look.

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Several parts did make it out into the Dealerships and some through the various engineering/racing groups. I recently got a pair of 89 rear ZR-1 wheels that are perfectly round but need restoring. As for the total number built of the 89 ZR-1 I am not certain but VIN 00084 was to be the last Pilot Car and 00085 was to be the first production car. This information was provided to me via Gordon Killebrew back when I had an 89 Pilot car.

Neat wheels and I am looking forward to getting a set on my early 90 ZR-1 for the look.

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Let me rephrase: They were never sold as a stocked item from anywhere. You couldn't go into a dealership and have them look up a 1989 prototype wheel in the book and order them. I'm sure many sets ended up at dealerships. Probably most of them after the ZR-1 program was ended and parts were liquidated. That's how places like Jim Butler Chevy ended up with parts that were never sold as service parts. I have a NOS LT5 engine block with no VIN that shouldn't exist. I know there is one other out there as well.

I'd guess that if there were 85 pilot/preproduction cars, there were likely 100-120 rear wheel sets made.
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There were also some 88 zr-1 wheels out there which surfaced when those cars were scrapped. They are different in that were painted grey (like the std 88 wheels) between the spokes. Estimate as high as 40 sets. I bought a set at carslile with the phase 2 motor several years ago from ex5010.
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There is a guy selling an 89 L98 in chicago with a set of prototype wheels that came from a GM employee
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