1959 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster with hard top  Chassis no. J59S103573

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1959 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster with hard top
Chassis no. J59S103573

CHF 55,000 - 60,000
US$ 59,000 - 64,000
1959 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster with hard top
Chassis no. J59S103573
Back in 1953, Chevrolet’s launch of a two-seater sports car was seen as a radical departure for a marque hitherto associated almost exclusively with family transport. Based on the 1952 EX-122 show car, the Corvette made use of existing GM running gear and a shortened chassis frame, around which was wrapped striking Harley Earl-styled glassfibre coachwork. Motive power came from Chevrolet’s 235.5cu in (3.8-litre) overhead-valve straight six and, unusually for a sports car, there was automatic transmission, a feature that attracted much debate at the time.

Sales were sluggish initially and the model came close to being axed, surviving thanks to Chevrolet’s need to compete with Ford’s Thunderbird. A V8 engine for 1955 and a radical re-style for ‘56 consolidated the ‘Vette’s position in the market, the model going on to become the world’s best-selling and longest-lived sports car. A facelift for 1958 saw the Corvette gain a quartet of chrome-rimmed headlamps and a host of other more minor styling changes. Perhaps not surprisingly, alterations for ‘59 were few, though one welcome change was the deletion of the previous year’s fake bonnet louvres.

This 1959 Corvette roadster has the 283cu in (4.6-litre) V8, first introduced for 1957. The car is finished in classic two-tone red/white with red and black interior, and has American Racing wheels shod with new Michelin tyres. The engine has some desirable Edelbrock elements. Partially restored and presented in very good condition in every respect, it has been in the current Swiss ownership for the past two years and is described by the private vendor as "running superbly". The car comes complete with its original wheels, hardtop (in white), valid roadworthiness certificate and Swiss Permis de Circulation.


Cette Corvette de 1959 est équipée du moteur V8 4,6L de 283ci, présentée en 1957. Sa carrosserie est peinte en deux tons, rouge et blanc avec un intérieur rouge et noir, et la voiture est équipée d’un jeu de jantes American Racing avec quatre pneus neufs Michelin. Nous retrouvons dans le moteur divers équipements Edelbrock. Les roues d’origine, en excellent état seront fournis au futur acquéreur. Se présentant dans d’excellentes conditions à tous les niveaux, elle fait partie de l’importante collection d’un grand amateur suisse depuis deux ans. Elle est décrite comme roulant superbement. La voiture est livrée avec son hard-top blanc et ses papiers suisses avec expertise à jour.
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