• True race-bred, high-performance icon
• Legendary 315 HP fuel-injected V-8 power
• Just four owners from new
• Enduring high-quality, professional restoration
• Equipped with four-speed, Wonderbar radio, and hard top
ID plate on Rochester Plenum: Serial# 2354 Part# 7017320
04509# off of front ear of block right hand side
Distributor# 1110914 Model# 0L29
Block Stamped# 1104509 stamped over FI2ISCS
Block Casting# 3756519
Radiator Decal# 3150916 60L
283 cid V-8 engine, 315 BHP, Rochester mechanical fuel injection, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, hydraulic four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 102”
By 1961, Chevrolet’s first-generation Corvette had truly come of age. While retaining the basic body design introduced for 1958, Corvette styling was now tastefully simplified with reduced chrome and ornamentation, a refined grille, and an updated rear treatment foreshadowing that of the forthcoming 1963 Sting Ray. Standard features were plentiful, including a tachometer, seat belts, sun visors, dual exhaust, carpeting, an electric clock, outside rearview mirror, and a broad range of seven exterior colors.
Despite the controversial 1957 AMA (American Manufacturers Association) racing ban, lead Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov and his development team steadfastly continued to endow the Corvette with a growing arsenal of high-performance parts and race-proven upgrades. Under their careful guidance, Chevrolet’s revolutionary small-block V-8 engine made quantum leaps in output, reliability, and sophistication. A serious performance machine even in its most basic form, the 1961 Corvette featured a wide range of five available small-block V-8 engines with transmission choices including two-speed Powerglide automatic and T-10 four-speed manual units. New anti-roll bars sharpened the Corvette’s handling, and both the clutch and radiator were now of lightweight aluminum construction.
From its first documented racing entry at Mexico’s deadly Carerra Panamericana open-road race in the 1950s, Corvettes competed on the track with growing confidence and strength, quickly going on to dominate the SCCA’s B-Production ranks with stunning regularity. The Corvette’s long-awaited international racing debut came at Le Mans in 1960, with a three-car team entered by famed American sportsman and racer Briggs Cunningham. While the Corvettes were considered underdogs and two of them retired early, co-drivers John Fitch and Bob Grossman finished first in class and 8th overall – a stunning Le Mans debut and proof positive of the Corvette’s rapid journey to excellence.
Racing success translated directly to sales growth at dealer showrooms, with Corvette sales receiving a further boost from its starring role in TV’s highly popular Route 66 series, which debuted in September 1960 on CBS. Total Corvette sales hit 10,261 for 1960, marking the first time they exceeded five figures, followed by 10,939 for 1961, the final year of availability for the 283 cubic-inch small-block V-8 engine. Delivering 315 horsepower, the top RPO 354 fuel-injected 283 V-8 engine featured a hot solid-lifter camshaft and, of course, the now-iconic Rochester fuel injection system which ensured precise fuel delivery while overcoming the fuel-starvation issues often experienced by carbureted engines. Costing a considerable $484.20, the RPO 354 “Fuelie” engine powered 1,462 Corvettes for 1961.
This factory fuel-injected, four-speed 1961 Chevrolet Corvette was a three-owner example with approximately 48,000 indicated miles prior to being taken out of storage and then professionally restored by Auto Collectors Garage in Houston, Texas. Prior to acquisition by Bobby Monical in 2011, the Corvette’s Rochester fuel-injection unit was freshly restored by well-known expert Jack Podell to concours-level standards. As a result, the car cold-starts easily, operates properly, and settles down to curb idle as it should, with the legendary high-performance engine in a high state of tune and the Corvette ready for spirited enjoyment as desired. Desirable features and options include a Wonderbar signal-seeking AM radio and removable hard top. While now an older restoration, this 1961 Chevrolet Corvette remains attractive and sports a very well presented engine bay. Top-down driving with the optional 315 horsepower solid-lifter, fuel-injected engine and four-speed manual transmission is a mandatory experience for all Corvette collectors and enthusiasts with great performance and an unforgettable soundtrack. Best of all, this fuel-injected 1961 Corvette has not yet been shown, providing many more great opportunities for the new owner of this legendary “Fuelie.”
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