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1959 Corvette: Styling Updates

1959 Chevrolet Chevrolet Corvette C1
GM brochure courtesy Skip Marketti of The Nethercutt Collection
There were few changes for the 1959 model year Corvette; perhaps GM figured people still needed time to absorb the 1958 styling.
1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1 hood
The styling was toned down a notch as the faux louvers disappeared from the hood (above) and (below) the trunk "spears" were gone. Years later the change is considered to be the correct move as 1959 / 1960 Corvettes genrally get higher prices than the 1958 model.
1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1 trunk

There were minor revisions to the instrument panel in 1959. The glass in front of the gauges was convex, which reduced the glare problem with the flat glass of the previous year. All tachometers offered redline and safe limit indications.
1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1 dashboard - brochure illustration 1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1 dashboard
Above: Brochure illustration shows the dashboard which was completely revised in 1958. 1959 additions included a storage bin below the passenger grab handle. A "Corvette" script was added to the anodized aluminum area behind the grab bar.

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Price: $62,995 obo (Trades Considered)
Exterior: Frost Blue
Interior: Black
Miles: 66,000
Location: Tempe, Az

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1959 Corvette Specs

Body Specs

Wheelbase 102.00 inches
Front Track 57.00 inches
Rear Track 59.00 inches
Length 177.2 inches
Width
Including Bumpers / Moldings
72.8 inches
Width
Not Including Bumpers / Moldings
70.3 inches
Front Overhang 33.0 inches
Rear Overhang 42.2 inches
Height (at Windshield) 49.2 inches
Height (Loaded, Hard Top) 51.9 inches
Height (Loaded, Folding Top) 52.0 inches
Hood Opening Front (reverse alligator)
Finish (paint type) Lacquer
Turning Diameter 38.5 feet (right); 39.0 feet (left) wall - wall
36.5 feet (right); 37.0 feet (left) curb - curb
Steering gear ratio 16.3:1
Steering Wheel Turns 3.25
Tire Size 6.70-15 4 Ply Rating
Tire Type Rayon
Three Speed Transmission 1st Gear 2.21:1
2nd Gear 1.32:1
3rd Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 2.25:1
Four Speed Transmission Close Ratio 1st Gear 2.21:1
2nd Gear 1.66:1
3rd Gear 1.31:1
4th Gear 1.00:1
Axle Ratio 3.70:1; Optional: 4.11:1, 4.56:1
Automatic: 3.55:1
Transmission Synchromesh Three Speed: 2nd and 3rd Gears
Four Speed: All Four Gears


Weight

Shipping - Powerglide (Automatic) Transmission 3,002 lb.
Curb - Powerglide (Automatic) Transmission
Shipping + fuel (107 lb.), water (38 lb.)
3,135 lb.
Loaded - Powerglide (Automatic) Transmission
(Two Passengers @ 150 lb. each)
3,405 lb.
Shipping - Three Speed (standard) Transmission 2,900 lb.
Curb - Three Speed (standard) Transmission
Shipping + fuel (107 lb.), water (38 lb.)
3,033 lb.
Loaded - Three Speed (standard) Transmission
(Two Passengers @ 150 lb. each)
3,333 lb.
Optional Hard Top 55 lb.
Weight Differentials
Heavy Duty Brakes, Suspension (Code 684) +77 pounds
Limited Slip Differential +6 pounds
Dual Four Barrel Carburetors +17 pounds
Fuel Injection -7 pounds
Hardtop -2 pounds (Without Folding Top)
Hardtop +58 pounds (With Folding Top)
Sunshade +2 pounds (Pair)
Heater +20 pounds
Radio +16 pounds
Whitewall Tire +1 pound
Power Top +34 pounds
Four Speed Transmission +12 pounds
Automatic (Powerglide) Transmission +101 pounds
Power Windows +7 pounds
Windshield Washers +4 pounds
15-5 Wheels -2 pounds


Engine Specs

Type: V8
Valve Location: In Head
Bore / Stroke: 3.875" / 3.00"
Displacement: 283 Cubic Inches
Compression Ratio: 9.5 : 1
Crankshaft Material: Forged Steel
Camshaft Material: Cast Alloy Iron
Oil Pump Type: Gear
Normal Oil Pressure 35 psi @ 2,000 RPM
Oil Pressure Gauge Electric
Crankcase Oil Capacity (less filter) 5 Quarts
Recommended Oil Grade Above 32°: SAE 20W, SAE 20 or SAE 10W-30
To 0°: SAE 10W or SAE 10W-30
Below 0°: SAE 5W or SAE 5W-20
Sustained high speed over 90°F - SAE 30 may be used
Fuel Tank 16.4 Gallons
Fuel Filter Strainer
Fuel Pump Mechanical
Fuel Pressure 5¼ - 6½ PSI
Carburetor Carter 3756676 Single 4 barrel
Carburetor
Optional dual four barrel carburetors Code 469
Carter 3744002 (front) / 3744004 (rear)
Special Camshaft: Carter 3741089 (front) / 3741090 (rear)
Cooling System Capacity 16.5 Quarts (with heater)
15.5 Quarts (without heater)
Cooling System Frontal Area 380 sq. in.
Radiator Cap Relief Pressure 6 ¼ - 7 ¾ PSI
Thermostat Type Choke
Thermostat Opening 160° F
Battery Delco 1980458 (12 volt)
53 Amp hr. @ 120 hr.

Horsepower
Standard Engine 230 hp @ 4,800 RPM;
Torque: 300 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM
Code 469A
(Two Four Barrel Carburetors)
245 hp @ 5,000 RPM;
Torque: 300 ft-lb. @ 3,800 RPM
Code 469C
(Two Four Barrel Carburetors, Special Camshaft)
270 hp @ 6,000 RPM;
Torque: 285 lb-ft @ 4,200 RPM
Code 579A Fuel Injection 250 hp @ 5,000 RPM;
Torque: 305 lb-ft @ 3,800 RPM
Code 579B
(Special Camshaft)
290 hp @ 6,200 RPM;
Torque: 290 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

Fuel Injection
Manufacturer Rochester Products
Model 7017200 (Code 579B, 283 hp)
Recommended Fuel Premium
Fuel Pump Mechanical
Fuel Pressure 5 ¼ - 6 ½ PSI
Inlet Manifold Cast Aluminum
Air Cleaner Type Dry
Air Meter Location Engine Left Side
Plenum Chamber Integral With Inlet Manifold
Ram Pipe Length 12 Inches
Fuel Induction Metered as Function of Air Flow
Air / Fuel Ratio Control Vacuum Sensitive Diaphragm Located on Air Flow Meter
Fuel Meter Pump Type Gear
Fuel Meter Pump Location In Fuel Meter Assembly
Fuel Meter Pump Drive Gear Driven by Flexible Shaft From Distributor
Fuel Meter Pump Pressure 300 PSI
Injection Nozzles Quantity 8
Injection Nozzles Material Brass
Injection Nozzles Location Mounted on Inlet Manifold Above Intake Ports
Injection Nozzles Orifice Size - Fuel .0118 inch
Injection Nozzles Insulation Bakelite
Automatic Choke Type Electric, Time Temperature Type
Automatic Choke Location On Air Meter Assembly
Automatic Choke Current Draw 1 amp @ 70°
Automatic Choke Fast Idle Cam Yes

Ignition System
Coil Delco-Remy 1115091 (FI Engines: 11151007)
Coil current rating 4 amps (engine stopped)
1.8 amps (engine running)
Breaker Gap .018"
Ignition Timing 4° BTDC @ 600 RPM idle
Ignition Timing Centrifugal Advance 14 ° @ 1,500 RPM
28 ° @ 3,700 RPM (Maximum)
Ignition Timing Vacuum Advance
Standard Engine
15° @ 15.5 inches Hg
Spark Plug AC 46
Spark Plug Thread 14 mm.
Spark Plug Torque 20 - 25 lb.-ft.
Spark Plug Gap .033 - .038 inch
Firing Order 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2

1959 Corvette Options, Prices

Code Description Production Price
101 Heater 8,909 (92.13%) $102.25
102 AM Radio, Signal Seeking 7,001 (72.40%) $149.80
107 Parking Brake Alarm 3,601 (37.24%) $5.40
108 Courtesy Lights 3,601 (37.24%) $6.50
109 Windshield Washers 7,929 (82.00%) $16.15
121 Radiator Fan Clutch 67 (0.69%) $21.55
1408 Blackwall Tires, 6.70x15 nylon n/a n/a
1408 Blackwall Tires, 6.70x15 nylon n/a n/a
1625 24 Gallon Fuel Tank n/a n/a
1625 24 Gallon Fuel Tank n/a n/a
261 Sunshades 3,722 (38.49%) $10.80
276 Wheels, 15x5.5 (5) 214 (2.21%) n/a
290 Whitewall Tires, 6.70x15 8,173 (84.52%) $31.55
313` Powerglide Automatic Transmission 1,878 (19.42%) $199.10
419 Auxiliary Hardtop 5,481 (56.68%) $236.75
426 Power Windows 587 (6.07%) $59.20
440 Two-Tone Exterior Paint 2,931 (30.31%) $16.15
469 283 cu. in. 245 hp Engine two 4 bbl. carburetors 1,417 (14.65%) $150.65
469C 283 cu. in. 270 hp Engine two 4 bbl. carburetors 1,846 (19.09%) $182.95
473 Power Operated Folding Top 661 (6.84%) $139.90
579 283 cu. in. 250 hp fuel injected Engine 175 (1.81%) $484.20
579D 283 cu. in. 290 hp fuel injected Engine 745 (7.70%) $484.20
675 Positraction Rear Axle 4,170 (43.12%) $48.45
684 Heavy Duty Brakes and Suspension 142 (1.47%) $425.05
685 4-Speed Manual Transmission 4,175 (43.17%) $188.30
686 Metallic Brakes 333 (3.44%) $26.90

Total Production: 9,670
Convertible: 9,670 (100.00%)

Notes: Base Corvette with 283 cu. in. 230 hp engine and three speed manual transmission: $3,875.00

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top Wheels
Tuxedo Black 1,594 (16.48%) Blue / Black / Red Black / White Black
Classic Cream 223 (2.31%) Black Black / White Black
Frost Blue 1,024 (10.59%) Blue / Red Blue / Black / White Black
Crown Sapphire 888 (9.18%) Turquoise Black / Turquoise / White Black
Roman Red 1,542 (15.95%) Black / Red Black / White Black
Snowcrest White 3,354 (34.68%) Blue / Black / Red / Turquoise Blue / Black / Turquoise Black
Inca Silver 957 (9.90%) Black / Red Black / White Black

Notes: 1959 was the only year a Turquoise soft top was available. Colors of exported Corvettes are unknown.

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