Saved From The Paper Drive
28 August 2011
Welcome to Smeggy's Garage, where I'm going to blather on about some of my favorite cars and if you're so inclined you may add your comments and observations.
The body of the '61 was a carryover from 1960. The big chrome "teeth" were replad by a silver colored grille. Headlight rims were now body-color instead of chrome.
The re-styled rear had for tail lights instead of two, and began the "ducktail" that would carr over into the C2 series thru 1967.
The rear emblem had a spun-silver background with the crossed flags over a "V" design.
Other changes for 1961: Sun visors, an aluminum radiator, parking brake warning lamp, interior lights and the windshield washer were standard equipment.
Wheel covers over steel rims remained standard. The spinners were fake.
This was the last year for wide whitewalls.
The standard engine was a 283 cubic inch with four barrel, which put out 230 horses. If you shelled out the $484 for the fuel injection, you could make 315hp.
Other options included Power Windows for $60, Heater for $100, and Radio for $138. (AM only...that's almost a thousand bucks in today's money..so consider your CD player a deal!)
The automatic transmission cost $200. You could also get "heavy duty" brakes and suspension for $334.
Total production was 10,939 units, all convertibles.
The colors available for 1961 were Tuxedo Black , Roman Red, White, Silver, Jewel Blue, Fawn(beige) and Maroon. 29% were white. Smeggy's favorite is the maroon at 15%.
Base Corvette with 283 cu. in. 230 hp engine and three speed manual transmission: $3,934.00
$28348 in 2011 dollars. The modern Corvette costs 2-3 times that.)
This is from a 1961 Sales Demo 33 1/3 recording.
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