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1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Technical Specifications and Dimensions

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Features

Engine Location : Front
Drive Type : Rear Wheel
Body / Chassis : Steel unibody
Production Years for Series : 1953 - 1962
Price : $3,875
Weight : 2780 lbs | 1260.987 kg
Chassis Range : J59S100001 - J59S109670

Performance

0-60 mph : 6.6 seconds.
1/4 Mile : 14.5 seconds.
Top Speed : 128 mph | 205.952 km/h

Power

Turbocharged V 8
Displacement : 4638 cc | 283.0 cu in. | 4.6 L.
Power : 230 HP (169.28 KW) @ 4800 RPM
Torque :300 Ft-Lbs (407 NM) @ 3000 RPM
Bore : 3.9 in | 99 mm.
Stroke : 3.0 in | 76 mm.
Compression : 9.50:1
Main Bearings : 5
Construction : Cast-iron block and head
Rochester 2-barrel carburetor
V 8
Displacement : 4638 cc | 283.0 cu in. | 4.6 L.
Power : 245 HP (180.32 KW)
Bore : 3.9 in | 98 mm.
Stroke : 3.0 in | 76 mm.
Main Bearings : 5
Cylinder Block : Cast-iron
2 4-barrel carburetors
V 8
Displacement : 4638 cc | 283.0 cu in. | 4.6 L.
Power : 250 HP (184 KW) @ 5000 RPM
Torque :305 Ft-Lbs (414 NM) @ 3800 RPM
Bore : 3.9 in | 99 mm.
Stroke : 3.0 in | 76 mm.
Compression : 9.5:1
Main Bearings : 5
Valvetrain : 16 OHV (2 valves per cylinder)
Construction : Cast-iron block and head
Direct Fuel Injection
V 8
Displacement : 4638 cc | 283.0 cu in. | 4.6 L.
Power : 270 HP (198.72 KW)
Bore : 3.9 in | 98 mm.
Stroke : 3.0 in | 76 mm.
Main Bearings : 5
Cylinder Block : Cast-iron
2 4-barrel carburetors
V 8
Displacement : 4638 cc | 283.0 cu in. | 4.6 L.
Power : 290 HP (213.44 KW) @ 6200 RPM
Bore : 3.9 in | 98 mm.
Stroke : 3.0 in | 76 mm.
Compression : 10.5:1
Main Bearings : 5
Construction : Cast-iron block and head
Direct Fuel Injection
Transmission:
3 Manual Floor Shift , 4 Manual , Automatic

Production Figures

Total Chevrolet Production for 1959 : 1,462,140
Total 1959 Corvette C1 production : 9,670
1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1
Convertible 2 dr. 2 P : 9,670

Dimensions

Convertible
Fuel Capacity : 16.4 Gal
Seating Capacity : 2
Doors : 2
Exterior
Length : 177.2 in | 4501 mm.
Width : 72.8 in | 1849 mm.
Height : 51.0 in | 1295 mm.
Wheelbase : 102.0 in | 2591 mm.
Front Track : 57.0 in | 1448 mm.
Rear Track : 59.0 in | 1499 mm.
Ground Clearance : 8.0 in | 203 mm.
Interior
Front Headroom : 34.7 in | 881 mm.
Front Legroom : 46.5 in | 1181 mm.
Front Hip Room : 21.5 in | 546 mm.
Front Shoulder Room : 49.4 in | 1255 mm.

Handling

Tires / Wheels
Tires : 6.70 x 15

1959 Averages
Avg. Car Cost : $2,200
Avg. Household Income : $5,010
Avg. Home : $12,400
Avg. Gallon of Gas : $0.25

The 1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1 measures 72.80 inches in width, The 1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1 measures 177.20 inches in length, and has a wheelbase of 102.00 inches.

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