CORRECT DATE CQ-CODE 283V8, 4 SPD, RARE FAC. BLK, NICE RUNNING/TIGHT DRIVING CAR
The 1959 Chevrolet Corvette roadster is a true favorite among fans because it has the best of everything. This is when the V8 power and first generation styling really came together in one of the coolest packages around. And to top it off, we believe the engine to be original to this 'Vette!
For a lot of guys, the 1959 Corvette is the one to own. Four headlights up front, and the curvaceous rear end that retains the tailfins of the original, but in a much sleeker and sportier fashion. It loses the awkward styling touches like the ribbed hood, and fussy chrome details of previous years, but it keeps desirable features like the full trunk. While a red Corvette is beautiful, we do see plenty of them. Instead, this one has been resprayed with a two-tone rare Tuxedo Black (and matching vinyl top), with Inca Silver inserts. It's a distinctive way to show off the uniform fit of the body without losing the period-correct feel. Of course the thing that you will really be attracted to is that all the hard to find brightwork is in place on this one, and it still sparkles with a fantastic shine. Fresh whitewall tires on full wheel covers are the perfect cap off to the period-correct feeling of this first generation 'Vette.
If you thought the outside color was striking, just wait until you open the door. Red interiors always look amazing on black cars, and this one seems to pop even more, with the buckets being upgraded recently from vinyl to a cherry leather. The full gauges are in beautiful condition and are quite possibly original, which says a lot about this car's quality. While the big speedometer is always nice, we love seeing a functioning tachometer on a manual transmission car like this one. The steering wheel looks awesome in red as well, and its ridges have that great thin, grippy feel that only came on the right cars of this era. Because you'll want to be cruising with the top down for as long as possible, it's always nice to know the heater is in good working order so you can still enjoy this roadster on a crisp fall Sunday drive.
The only engine available in 1959 was a 283 cubic-inch V8, and none of the various options were soft in the performance department. This one has the correct CQ-code block for a manual transmission car and comes with a single four-barrel carburetor that makes plenty of power to be entertaining without being stressful. Date codes show the engine and car were built within a few weeks of each other, and this car has the correct 3756519 engine casting number for 1959 as well. This is good proof that the March 17th build of the 283 makes it more than likely the original to the car! Dressed nicely to appear as it did from the factory, it includes the louvered chrome air cleaner, cast aluminum valve covers with 'Corvette' script, and ram's horn exhaust manifolds. The block stands out in its distinctive and iconic Chevy orange. This is the kind of appearance that doesn't require sunglasses when you pop the hood at car shows, but instead attracts plenty of attention for its originality. One of the best upgrades to get in '59 was the four-speed manual transmission, and this Corvette has it. Not only does that mean a much better shift ratio, but you've also got that extra gear for more comfortable road trips. The overall driving experience is an engine runs beautifully, gives a smart cackle from the twin tailpipes, and pulls through the gears like a freight train.
This is the Corvette that's perfect for the car shows, but it also has all the right features that you'll probably skip a few events because you're having too much fun driving it. Dont wait...call today!!
- AM Radio
- Leather Seats
- Numbers Matching
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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