Chevrolet Corvette 

1959C1

£79,995
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  • Year
    1959
  • Mileage
    68,940 miles
  • Colour
    RED
  • Transmission
    Manual
  • Gears
    4
  • Engine Size
    4.7L
  • BHP
    230 bhp
  • Torque
    407 ft-lb
  • 0 to 62 mph
    7.8 secs
  • Fuel Type
    Petrol
  • Year
    1959
  • Mileage
    68,940 miles
  • Colour
    RED
  • Transmission
    Manual
  • Gears
    4
  • Engine Size
    4.7L
  • BHP
    230 bhp
  • Torque
    407 ft-lb
  • 0 to 62 mph
    7.8 secs
  • Fuel Type
    Petrol

Technical Data

  • Dimensions
    • Height
      1,320 mm
    • Length
      4,501 mm
    • Width
      1,849 mm
  • Engine and Drivetrain
    • Cylinders
      8
    • Driven Axle
      RWD
    • Engine Capacity
      4,683 cc
    • Gears
      4
    • Steering Wheel
      LHD
    • Wheelbase
      Standard
  • Fuel Consumption
    • MPG
      16.4
  • Performance
    • Acceleration (0 - 62 MPH)
      7.8 secs
    • BHP
      230 bhp
    • Maximum Speed
      113 mph
    • Torque
      407 ft-lb
  • Weight and Capacities
    • Seats
      2
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About this Chevrolet Corvette

Harley Earl who was head of GM's Styling Section was an avid fan of sports cars and he recognised that Gi's returning after serving overseas in the years following World War II were bringing home MG's, Jaguars and Alfa Romeo's in large numbers and Nash Motors also began selling an expensive two-seat sports car, the Nash-Healey that was made in partnership with the Italian designer Pininfarina and British auto engineer Donald Healey, but there were few moderate-priced models, so Earl convinced GM that they needed to build an all-American two-seat sports car to compete with these imported cars.

His Special Projects crew began working on the new car in late 1951 and the new Chevrolet Corvette was first shown at the GM Motorama display at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on the 17th January 1953. The new 2-Seater convertible was hand-built by General Motors at their factory in Flint, Michigan and was aimed at capturing the small sports car market from the European manufacturers. It was named the Corvette after a small class of naval ships and had a lightweight fibreglass body mounted on a steel chassis with a Chevrolet 235 cubic inch 'Blue Flame Special' 6 cylinder engine, 2 Speed Auto gearbox and was originally offered for sale @ $3,498.

During 1954 Corvette production was transferred from Flint in Michigan to a newly renovated facility located in St. Lous, Missouri and GM had high hopes for its new sports-car flag ship vehicle. They expected 10,000 Corvettes to be built and sold, however only 3,640 vehicles were made and only about 600 of them were sold and they finally able to unload the rest of them in 1955 although it proved to be very difficult and consequently the base price of the 1954 corvette was over $500 less than then 1953 model at $2,774.00.

1955 could have been the year that Chevrolet stop producing the Corvette, as it was plagued by the slow-selling 1954 version so apart from reducing the price, GM decided to insert a new 265 cubic inch V8 engine into the car. This transformed the Corvette into a true sports car bringing the 0-100mph time down to 24 seconds, just in time to do battle with Ford's Thunderbird. By offering bigger engines, better handling, options, and new styling, sales of the Corvette began to increase and the 1956 car had much more power and at Daytona Beach the Corvette ran two certified runs that averaged 150.5mph beating both the Jaguar XK-120 which was capable of 130mph and the Mercedes 300SL Gull-Wing at 146mph.

GM produced 9,670 Corvettes in 1959 and they all had the Chevrolet Small Block 283 cubic inch (4.6 Litre) V8 Engine with either Carburettors or Fuel Injection and multiple horsepower options, Transmissions were either a 3-speed manual (standard), 4-speed manual (optional) or a 2-speed Powerglide (optional) and the original asking price was $3875.00.

This absolutely stunning C1 Corvette - Chassis No: J59S105196 was built in St Louis in March 1959 and is finished in Roman Red with White Coves a new White Vinyl Soft Top and factory Hard Top, a gorgeous Black vinyl Interior, its original 283 Cubic inch 4.6 Litre 245bhp Engine, optional 4 Speed Manual gearbox, Dual Circuit 4 Wheel Disc Brakes, Rack & Pinion Power steering upgrade and Chrome 'Rocket Racing' 17" 5 Spoke Alloy Wheels with new Falken 215/55/17 Tyres.

This is one of the most sought after colour combinations on a C1 Corvette and is simply stunning throughout and it has been the subject of a body-off chassis restoration!

Full specification details to follow shortly.

Chevrolet Corvette C1

Specification

  • Driver Convenience
    • Electric Windows
    • Entertainment
      • Classic Radio
      • Exterior
        • 17"" Alloy wheels
        • Folding Roof
        • Hard Top
        • Safety
          • Front Disc Brakes
          • Rear Disc Brakes
          • Technical
            • 4 Speed Gearbox
            • Dual Circuit Brakes
            • Power Assisted Steering
            • Other
              • LHD
              • ULEZ COMPLIANT
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