The Corvette was mechanically unchanged from the It did have the new reverse lockout t-handle on the 4-speed shifter as well as an optional black interior. The fake hood louvers and chrome spears on the trunk were removed this year as well.
The seats and door panels were redesigned and a shelf was added under the dash. A new instrument panel with concave instruments to reduce glare was introduced. The tachometer, seat belts, outside rear view mirrors, electric clock and dual exhast were now standard equipment. Sunvisors were offered as optional equipment. Interestingly the seat pleats on the run from side to side where the and run up and down.
This was also the only year the turqoise soft top was available. Cars with optional four-speed manual transmissions used the same engine code suffixes as cars with three-speed manual transmissions. The body number plate is located on the engine side of the cowl. Fisher Body Style Number identifies a Corvette. Skip Navigation Links VetteFacts.
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Replaces standard tank. Available only with the removable hardtop RPO It appeared that the original seat covers had been replaced a long time ago, and the years had not been kind to the seams. However, the last 30 years have seen substantial improvements in many parts, including reproduction upholstery, and the new covers seemed to be heavier and better built.
If you've been following the story about Rob Sutter's '59, you'll know that his friend and business partner Bob Yeoman "stole" Rob's car out from under him to repay a large favor and replace the way-too-radical former dragster engine with a perfectly-streetable crate from GM Performance Parts.
The project escalated, as these things so often do, into a wholesale transformation into a resto-mod C1, complete with state-of-the-art steering, suspension, and brakes.Three Amazing Corvettes - 1960 Original Corvette, 1959 and 1967 Restomod Corvettes
With all of the drivetrain and steering and suspension upgrades, Bob just couldn't return the car to Rob with tattered upholstery, inoperative gauges, and other time-worn interior parts. So the call went out to long-time CF advertisers for the pieces and services needed to make the '59 look as good as it runs.
Our friends at Corvette Central stepped up to the plate and provided a full interior kit-pretty much everything except a dash pad cover, since the replacement installed some 30 years ago was still in as-new condition.
Corvette Central supplied new seat covers, carpets, interior door trim with door reflectors and kick panel inserts, even new door and lock handles. Plus, they were kind enough to supply a full set of weatherstrips for the convertible top, and a new trunk weatherstrip for good measure. The seats lift right out of their frames on C1 Corvettes.
Installation of replacement covers can be a do-it-yourself job, especially if you have a friend who has done the job before.
It can be difficult for a first-timer to get a perfect installation, but the results can be entirely adequate for a driver-quality installation. But if you're doing a show car, installation is best left to a pro.
Brian Tilles and his team at Corvette Specialties of Maryland eagerly took on the task of restoring the gauge cluster since gauge restoration is one of their, well, specialties. They've got years and years of experience, along with special tools and procedures for rebuilding, refinishing, and calibrating Corvette gauges, and you can see some of the steps they take in the accompanying sidebar. These excellent reproduction harnesses fit like factory, and were a welcome replacement for the 50 year-old originals that had suffered the pocket knife-and-electrical tape fate so common in older Vettes.
The new main harness included a new, nicely-integrated fuse block so there was no need to re-use the potentially problematic original with all of our nice, new harnesses.
And with our newly-reconditioned gauge cluster, we didn't want to risk damage, or smoke-or worse-with the original, oft-repaired harness. The new wiring was cheap insurance, and offered great peace of mind. A machined adapter allows for installation of a reduced-diameter look-alike steering wheel from Corvette Central that simulates the look of the factory wheel but with a smaller diameter that allows for more leg room while enhancing the feel of the wheel.
The new covers we got from Corvette Central were exact reproductions and showed excellent workmanship. Since these seats had seen so little use over the years, we elected to re-use the seat spring assemblies, but install a new CC seat foam kit. The new foam would help re-establish the bolsters, providing as much lateral support as these early designs were capable of.
Finally, as detailed in our first installment in this series, the newly resto-modded Vette was presented to Rob at a surprise party attended by all of the "co-conspirators" in the project, along with friends who helped with the original rebuilding of this basket case. CF editor Alan Colvin traveled to Bethlehem, PA for the grand unveiling, and Rob was presented with a custom-made trunk board that included the logos of many of the fine suppliers that made the project a success.
An overhauled Corvette, a great, fun project, a lot learned, and deep friendships enhanced-truly a fairy tale come true. Don't Do It Yourself There are many things you can do to your Corvette that are fun and fulfilling and can save you a substantial bundle of shekels.
Rebuilding your instruments, however, is not one of them. Other than simple lens replacement, any other gauge repair or restoration should be left to those with the special skills and tools needed to do the job properly. You wouldn't try to fix your own wrist watch-either digital or mechanical-and gauges are similarly complex. In the course of resto-modding this C1, project manager Bob Yeoman sent the gauge cluster off to Corvette Specialties of Maryland, one of the best known in the art of gauge restoration.
For years they've been rebuilding, repairing, and restoring Corvette gauges and, in fact, offer a range of services from mechanical repair to full cosmetic and mechanical restoration.Alone amongst sports cars, Corvette sticks to the Detroit habit of annual changes. Though far from all-new, the '59 models incorporate some interesting innovations; so much so that we opted for a comparison test of old and new at GM's Milford, Michigan Proving Grounds.
Though but two Corvettes were sampled, we came away with a headful of contrasting thoughts, for they were as different as night from day. The white one sported all the '59 body and interior changes on a strictly boulevard '58 chassis—normal suspension, three-speed box we drove off in reverse at first and the single-quad equipped cu in V-8 engine.
It was, in fact, a mobile display car for itinerant journalists. The other machine was a choice item indeed. Though camouflaged by the older body—washboard hood panel and chrome trim strips on the trunk—it had all the chassis mods for '59, which included a four-speed box, Positraction rear and a "works-built" full-house power plant.
Just our meat, and no wonder; it's Zora Arkus-Duntov's own company car, a natural test bed for new ideas. One of them fills a long-felt need. To better control the movement of the relatively heavy rigid rear axle, radius rods have been fitted to it above each rear spring. Running forward to the boxed frame, they are merely shortened versions of the Panhard rod which will be standard on '59 Chevy passenger cars. Thus relieved of a burdensome additional duty, the rear shock absorbers are now mounted straight up and down and are recalibrated.
Result: a slightly softer ride and noticeably less rear-end steering on irregular surfaces. Two changes permit still faster shifts than ever on the excellent all-synchro four-speed transmission. Clutch pedal travel, normally 6. And to avoid getting lost in the reverse gate when snapping off a downshift from third to second, the springloaded detent has given way to what the GM people call a "positive-action reverse inhibitor for 4-speed transmission.
The above changes, all very nice ones, are all standard items.
The biggest news and the best is going to start out as an option. This is in the brake department where Moraine sintered metallic lining pads will now be available on any Corvette, with or without the heavy duty suspension, and, we suspect, eventually on any Chevrolet at all.
Like the Bendix cerametallic linings, these attack the brake fade problem from the fade resistance angle rather than from the heat dissipation point of view, as Buick does with their now-bonded aluminum cast iron drums. But Moraine engineers have achieved, after more than a year of testing by Mauri Rose, what could not be done with the cerametallic pads; namely, keeping the drums from wearing out before the pads, and avoiding brake-grab when the stoppers are still cold.
Another problem with the "Not for road use" Bendix binders was that once the drums were scored, which was generally pretty darn soon, the braking was apt to be erratic. It was just enough to make the Corvettes twitch a bit at the ends of the long straights. Duntov says that despite this roughness, these cerametallic set-ups could last through two Sebrings in a row.
Indeed, while we were in his office, he received a call from an owner-driver on the Pacific Coast who has just finished his second consecutive season on the same set of drums and shoes. New Cars. Buyer's Guide. Type keyword s to search. Today's Top Stories. Ford Bronco vs. Jeep Wrangler: The War Begins. Originally published in Sports Cars Illustrated in December This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.It was introduced late in the model year, and produced through It is commonly referred to as the "solid-axle" generation, as the independent rear suspension did not appear until the Sting Ray.
The Corvette was rushed into production for its debut model year to capitalize on the enthusiastic public reaction to the concept vehiclebut expectations for the new model were largely unfulfilled.
The program was nearly canceled, but Chevrolet would ultimately stay the course. To keep costs down, GM executive Robert F. McLean mandated off-the-shelf mechanical components, and used the chassis and suspension design from the — Chevrolet passenger vehicles.
Output was horsepower kilowatts. Because there was currently no manual transmission available to Chevrolet rated to handle HP, a two-speed Powerglide automatic was used.
Three body variants were created. The roadster was built as the Corvette, the Corvair fastback variant never went in production, and two-door Nomad station wagon was eventually built as the Chevrolet Nomad. During the last half ofCorvettes were to a large degree, hand-built on a makeshift assembly line that was installed in an old truck plant in Flint, Michigan  while a factory was being prepped for a full-scale production run. The outer body was made out of then-revolutionary glass fiber reinforced plastic material.
Although steel shortages or quotas are sometimes mentioned as a factor in the decision to use fiberglass, no evidence exists to support this. In calendar years and Chevrolet produced nearly 2 million steel bodied full-size passenger cars and the intended production volume of 10, Corvette for was only a small fraction of that. The body engineer for the Corvette was Ellis James Premo. He presented a paper to the Society of Automotive Engineers in regarding the development of the body.
The body on the show model was made of reinforced plastic purely as an expedient to get the job done quickly. Although we were going ahead with the building of an experimental plastic body in order to get a car rolling for chassis development work — at the time of the Waldorf Show, we were actually concentrating body-design-wise on a steel body utilizing Kirksite tooling for the projected production of 10, units during the model year.
It was some time later that we decided to produce this quantity in reinforced plastic. About this time, some doubt was expressed that we should build the model of steel. People seemed to be captivated by the idea of the fiberglass plastic body.
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Furthermore, information being given to us by the reinforced plastic industry seemed to indicate the practicality of fabricating plastic body parts for automobiles on a large scale. A 55 degree raked windshield was made of safety glass, while the license plate holder was set back in the trunk, covered with a plastic window. The Chevrolet division was GM's entry-level marque.
The first was the introduction of Chevrolet's first V8 engine since The third factor in the Corvette's survival was Ford 's introduction of the two-seat Thunderbird which was billed as a "personal luxury car", not a sports car. Even so, the Ford-Chevrolet rivalry in those days demanded GM not appear to back down from the challenge.Even with new equipment being added, the base price of the Chevrolet Corvette will not increase over those of the model, Chevrolet announced July 8. At a time when patriotism is running high and history is celebrated, it seems fitting that a Corvette should get the spotlight.
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HPE will offer up to 1, horsepower for the new mid-engine Corvette with a specially designed twin-turbo system that will include a specially built LT2 V8 engine with upgraded engine internals including forged aluminum pistons Chevrolet produced only examples of its Corvette sports car for the model year, and according to the dealer in Phoenix advertising the Pick of the Day on ClassicCars.Gateway Classic Cars of Atlanta is excited to offer this complete rotisserie restored, numbers matching, Corvette Convertible.
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The Company is not a certified mechanic or appraiser. About Gateway Classic Cars of Atlanta. More about us. Less about us. Contact us for more details. Finance, Warranty, Shipping question?As the previous model year began drawing to a close, Chevrolet basked ever so briefly in the fact that they had finally achieved sales and marketing success with the Corvette. While these features were key identifiers of the Corvette, there was no question that the elimination of the excessive chrome would reduce weight and help increase performance.
Much like the exterior of the Corvette, the interior received minor, but significant updates as well. Both the door handles and the armrests were repositioned and a small-item storage compartment was added beneath the passenger side grab bar. In addition, both the driver and passenger seats were redesigned to offer increased lateral support of their occupants.
All tachometers now indicated up to 7, rpm and offered redline and safe limit indicators. Sun visors were introduced to the Corvette as a new option and concave instrument lenses replaced the flat covers of the Corvette, thereby reducing sun glare and other reflections that might cause a driver to become distracted. Lastly, a T-handle manual transmission lockout was included to prevent drivers from accidentally putting their Corvettes in reverse.
These trailing rods were introduced to help counteract rear-axle windup, while also contributing to a softer overall ride and noticeably less rear end shifting while driving on uneven or irregular surfaces. The addition of both of these new components helped produce consistently better handling and better handling also meant better overall performance, and the Corvette proved it at the test track. Also, the Corvette marked the first year where consumers could purchase an all black interior. Lastly, marked the last year in which Chevy Corvette sold less than 10, units in a given model year.
These new linings were comprised of three pairs of lining segments that were riveted to the primary brake shoe and five pairs of slightly thicker segments for the secondary shoes. These sintered linings provided for smoother braking while requiring less time to heat up before providing maximum, effective braking. The last six digits begin at and run thruaccounting for each of the 9, Corvettes built in The VIN is also stamped on several locations on the Corvette frame.
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