1959 Chevrolet Corvette
Chassis no. J59S103626
In 1959, Chevrolet cleaned up some of the Corvette's 1958 affectations, getting rid of the waffled hood and the overdone chrome strips on the trunk. Sales remained steady at 9,670, at the base price was $3,875, up about $300 from the year before. Engines ranged from the base 283-cubic inch V8, with 230 horsepower, to the Rochester fuel-injected 290-horsepower setup. Door panels were redesigned to increase elbow room, instruments were changed to make them more legible, with tachometers now reading to 7,000rpm. A storage bin was added underneath the passenger's grab bar, which was more padded. Four-speed cars now had a "T" shift handle with positive lockout from reverse gear.
This car joined the Lewis collection in 2007. It's Frost Blue Metallic, with white coves, one of 361 so built. The engine is the 270-horsepower, 283 cubic-inch V8 with dual 4-barrel carburetors. These offered almost as much power as the fuel injection, with significantly less trouble. It's fitted with a 4-speed transmission, but has no power steering or power brakes. The car appears clean and correct under the hood.
This car has received a frame-off restoration, with excellent chrome and trim and high-gloss paint finish, which is not typical. Panel fit is good, the car has a new white vinyl top, blue vinyl interior and new tires. The wheels are factory steel with spinner hubcaps and the odometer reads 24,627 miles.