1959 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster – Sold at $410,101

Posted: April 6, 2007 in 1


This car is number 7,565 of the 9,670 Corvettes produced in 1959. This car is one of the 745 factory built 290HP fuel injected cars. We have really been enjoying owning this Corvette. I am the third owner. The feeling this car gives you either as a driver or passenger is pure bliss. This is a very tight first generation Corvette. The suspension provides good support. It is a car that can be driven and enjoyed just as much on the road as in your Corvette decorated garage. We logged just under 300 miles on this Vette Saturday, March 25th, 2007

This car shows one exterior respray of the original Roman Red paint. Only 1,542 Corvettes in 1959 were produced in Roman Red. This is a factory two-tone paint optioned Corvette with Shorecrest White coves. This original body is in exceptional condition. The factory bonding seams can be seen underneath the finish on the front fenders at the proper locations. The fit and finish on this car is very nice. This is an older single stage non-clearcoat paint. It appears to be Laquer. It has been hand polished to a mirror shine. The body shows a smooth, straight surface. The door jambs and trunk area still show original paint. Inside the glove box is a factory decal describing GM’s revolutionary new paint finish. The exterior shows good paint adhesion all over.

This Corvette still wears the original exterior stainless trim and chrome. Never restored, the brightwork on this car could be taken to the next level with fresh chrome or enjoyed as it is. The chrome on this car has definately aged with grace. We prefer the original look. It is hand polished and looks great. After all, this car is such a time capsule to begin with!

This is one of only 745 built 290HP special fuel injected Corvettes of 1959. This is still evident by the factory high redline tachometer, fuel injection emblems and mounting holes, breather ducting vent, and the date coded (1B Main Case) original Borg Warner T-10 close ratio 4 speed transmission. Today the engine is a 1979 Corvette 350 block. We do not have the fuel injection unit or original block. The 350 c.i.d. engine is rebuilt and runs strong. It has been fitted with this cars original valve covers, exhaust manifolds, and a C1 Corvette breather to appear stock.

  • This car shows a total rebuilt braking system
  • replaced lug nuts and studs
  • new Firestone Deluxe Champion wide whitewall tires
  • Original wheels restored with spare
  • polished original hubcaps/spinners
  • date coded original 12 volt generator w tach drive
  • shocks have been replaced
  • stock rear end with 3.70 gears
  • 350 c.i.d. NOM rebuilt
  • factory dual exhaust
  • date coded original Borg-Warner T10 close ratio 4-spd. transmission
  • White soft top
  • AM/FM Corvette custom cassette (ipod ready) w dual cone speaker
  • windshield washers
  • heater
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