• Original fuel-injected Corvette; Engine replaced with four-barrel unit
• Desirable four-speed manual transmission
• Paint and interior believed original
Small-block Chevrolet V-8 engine, 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 series had truly matured into a respected sports car by any measure and it stood as the only car of its kind during the era that was volume-produced and readily available from the showroom floor. While retaining the basic “four-headlamp” body design introduced for 1958, the Corvette was tastefully simplified with reduced chrome and ornamentation for 1961, plus a cleaner grille. Regarded by today’s collectors and enthusiasts as one of the most aesthetically pleasing ‘C1’ designs, the 1961 Corvette also featured an all-new rear treatment providing a foretaste of the styling that would appear with the forthcoming 1963 Sting Ray.
Despite the questionable self-imposed 1957 AMA (American Manufacturers Association) factory 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 power output, reliability, and sophistication. A serious performance machine even in its most basic specification, the 1961 Corvette featured a wide range of five available small-block V-8 engines, with transmission choices including the two-speed Powerglide automatic and Borg-Warner T-10 four-speed unit. New anti-roll bars sharpened the Corvette’s renowned handling prowess, and both the Corvette’s clutch and radiator were now of lightweight aluminum construction.
Racing success, including SCCA B-Production domination and a class victory at the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans, translated directly to fast-growing sales at Chevrolet dealer showrooms. On the small screen, Corvette sales received a further boost from a starring role in the highly popular Route 66 TV series, which debuted in September 1960 on the CBS network. Total Corvette sales hit 10,261 for 1960, marking the first time they exceeded five figures, followed by 10,939 units for 1961, the final year of availability for the 283 cubic-inch variant of Chevy’s renowned small-block V-8 engine.
This 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster is an original fuel-injected car, with the engine replaced by a milder carbureted unit. Features include a four-speed manual transmission, updated cassette/radio unit, and body-color removable hardtop. Very nicely presented, this Corvette is believed to retain the original paint finish and very attractive blue interior. It joined the Monical Collection in 1999 and was formerly a part of the Alamo Classic Car Museum.
1961 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
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