1959 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. J59S100667

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Lot 720
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
Chassis no. J59S100667

US$ 60,000 - 80,000
£ 49,000 - 66,000
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
Chassis no. J59S100667
Sensation of the 1953 Motorama, Chevrolet’s Corvette was rushed to production by June 30th. Based on a Chevy passenger car chassis, complete with Blue Flame six-cylinder engine and two-speed Powerglide transmission, the white roadster had three side-draft carburetors, a hot cam, high compression head and dual exhausts. There were no side windows, the only weather protection being side curtains and a manual canvas top.

Because tooling for a steel body would have been time consuming and expensive, fiberglass was chosen instead. Still, production was slow and by the end of the year just 300 had been built, all of them white with red interior. Its price of $3,498 was $1,200 more than the most expensive ’53 Chevy, and $500 more than Ford would ask for a Thunderbird a year later.

The 1954 models differed mostly in availability of additional colors. Production increased tenfold, reaching 3,640. In 1955, Chevrolet’s new V8 engine became available, and with it a manual transmission, though few were equipped that way. Only 700 Corvettes were built in 1955, however, partly because 1954 ended with more than 1,000 unsold cars on hand.

The iconic Corvette arrived with the 1956 model. Restyled with a more flowing body, the car was given concave side coves, finished in contrasting color. Engines were all V8, the 265 cubic inch unit from passenger cars making 210 bhp in standard trim and 240 with dual carburetors. Development of the Corvette continued under engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov. The 283 cubic inch V8 was adopted in 1957, making 283 bhp with optional fuel injection, and a four-speed transmission was made available. By 1959 there were power options up to 290 bhp and sales topped 10,000.

This 1959 Corvette has the base 230 bhp V8, with a single four-barrel carburetor. Equipped with the four-speed transmission, it is painted in Regal Turquoise, a 1958 color, with white coves. It has a factory radio and was given a body-off restoration five years ago.
1959 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. J59S100667
1959 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. J59S100667
1959 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. J59S100667
1959 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. J59S100667
1959 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. J59S100667
1959 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. J59S100667
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