1959 Corvette Specifications


Vehicle Specifications
Convertible
Wheelbase, inches 102.0
Length, inches
177.0
Width, inches
73.0
Track, inches
front: 57.0 rear: 59.0
Height, inches
52.0
Curb Weight, pounds
3,080


 
Mechanical Specifications (2-door convertible)

Suspension
front: Independent; upper and lower A-arms, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, antiroll bar, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers
rear: Live axle on semi-elliptic leaf springs, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers, trailing radius rods

Wheels/Tires
6.70x15

Brakes
front: 11-inch drum
rear: 11-inch drum

Transmission
3-speed manual (std)
4-speed manual (opt)
2-speed Powerglide (opt)

Standard axle ratio
3.70:1

Engine Specifications

Type ohv V-8 ohv V-8 ohv V-8 ohv V-8 ohv V-8
Displacement, liters/cu inch 4.6/283
4.6/283 4.6/283 4.6/283 4.6/283
Bore x stroke, inches 3.875 x 3.00 3.875 x 3.00 3.875 x 3.00 3.875 x 3.00 3.875 x 3.00
Fuel Management 1 x 4-bbl. 2 x 4-bbl. fuel injection 2 x 4-bbl. fuel injection
Horsepower @ rpm 230 @ 4800 245 @ 5000 250 @ 5000 270 @ 6000 290 @ 6200
Torque @ rpm, pound-foot 300 @ 3000 300 @ 3800 305 @ 3800 285 @ 4200 290 @ 4400


 
Published Performance Numbers

Acceleration
250 hp, 4-sp man.
290 hp, 4-sp man.
0-60 mph, sec
7.8
6.8
0-100 mph, sec
NA
15.5
1/4-mile, sec @ mph
15.7 @ 90
14.9 @ 96

(Source: Road & Track)


 
Vehicle Production and Base Prices

Car Type
Production
Price
2-door convertible
9,670
$3,875.00


 
Options and Production

Option
Production
Price
Heater
8,909
$102.25
AM Radio, signal seeking
7,001
149.80
Parking Brake Alarm
3,601
5.40
Courtesy Lights
3,601
6.50
Windshield Washer
7,909
16.15
Radiator Fan Clutch
67
21.55
Sunshades
3,722
10.80
Wheels, 15 x 5.5
214
0.00
Whitewall Tires, 6.70 x 15
8,173
31.55
Powerglide Automatic Transmission
1,878
199.10
Auxiliary Hardtop
5,481
236.75
Power Windows
587
59.20
Two-Tone Paint
2,931
16.15
245 hp Engine
1,417
150.65
270 hp Engine
1,846
182.95
Power Operated Folding Top
661
139.90
250 hp Engine Fl
175
484.20
290 hp Engine Fl
745
484.20
Positraction Rear Axle
4,170
48.45
Heavy Duty Brakes and Suspension
142
425.05
4-speed Manual Transmission
4,175
188.30
Metallic Brakes
333
26.90
Blackwall Tires, 6.70 x 15 nylon
NA
NA
24 Gallon Fuel Tank
NA
NA


 
Color Choices and Production

Color Choice
Production Color Choice
Production
Tuxedo Black 1,594
Classic Cream
223
Frost Blue
1,024
Crown Sapphire
888
Roman Red
1,542
Snowcrest White
3,354
Inca Silver
957