In the same ownership for 48 years
1961 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Chassis no. 108675107237
Engine no. 1107237F0403CQ
283cid V8 motor
Four-speed manual transmission
Rare Jewel Blue on blue color combination
Two owner car from new
Both hard and soft tops
Original engine offered with car
At first glance it appeared that the big changes for Corvette in 1961 were purely cosmetic, particularly the rear with a sharp beltline cutoff and near Kamm-style tail with exhaust tips dropped below the body. 1961 also brought with it the four-taillight arrangement which established an identifying feature which is still seen on Corvettes nearly five decades later. Up front the bulky teeth which Corvettes had employed for years disappeared, replaced with a subtle rectangular mesh set deep in the oval opening.
Inside, however, the Corvette engineering team had been hard at work making their car better, faster and more comfortable. The transmission tunnel was narrowed for more interior room, but more importantly continued development of the 283cid Chevy V8 raised output, including a 25hp increase in the solid lifter fuel- injected engine from 290 to 315 horsepower. The four-speed transmission case (favored by 70% of 1961 Corvette buyers) migrated to lightweight aluminum and the radiator was revised to a crossflow configuration which provided better cooling.
Jewel Blue is a unique Corvette color, offered only in 1961. Only 855 buyers opted for it. Just 419 of them paid another $16.15 to have the coves painted Ermine White.
The records don't show how many Jewel Blue/Ermine Corvette buyers also were among the 1,331 who chose the Blue vinyl interior, or the 1,175 who paid an extra $150.65 for the healthy 245 horsepower hydraulic lifter 283cid engine with the optional $188.30 four-speed transmission. It can't have been many.
A two-owner car from new and sporting what is almost certainly the original factory paint, this '61 Vette has been with its present owner for the past 48 years and has always been kept garaged. We are advised by the vendor that the car made a number of appearances at car shows in the early 1960s and more recently, the original 283cid V8 has been removed for posterity, a crate 350cid motor substituted in its place. Showing 74,994 miles on the odometer at the time of cataloging, the Corvette comes with both tops and is an excellent, substantially original example of this sought after model.
- Please note that the correct chassis number for this vehicle is 10867S107237.