1961 Chevrolet Corvette
NCRS Top Flight Award presented October 13th, 2012 at the Lone Star Regionals in Frisco, Texas#'s Matching 283 / 230HP 4bbl. V8 - Detailed Engine Compartment - 3789935 Casting / Stampings F0717CQ & 1110795 - Vin Matching
3-Speed Manual Transmission - #'s Matching Original
RPO 440 - Two-Tone Paint - Fawn Beige & White Covers
RPO 101 - Deluxe Heater
RPO 102 - Signal Seeking Radio - Wonderbar - Working
RPO 290 - Wide Whitewall Tires - Correct B.F. Goodrich Silvertown 7.60-15s - Original Wheel Covers
RPO 419 - Auxillary Hardtop
RPO 675 - Positraction Rear Axle
Unused B.F Goodrich Whitewall Spare
Original Restored Jack
White Convertible Top
Original Sun Visors
Fawn Beige Interior
Original Trunk Mat
Beige Seat Belts
Texas Classic Cars of Dallas is proud to present this 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible. This car has been judged & awarded a coveted Top Flight Award from the National Corvette Restorer's Society. This Corvette is one of only 358 produced with the two-tone color combination of Fawn beige with white coves. It retains its original number's matching drivetrain, body, and options.
The exterior showcases the beautiful original body & brightwork. This is a no-hit car with original bonding strips intact. Much of the Fawn Beige finish is believed original with some older paint work. The paint shows patina in areas, but is very presentable throughout. I have posted several detailed photos of paint flaws, chips, color fade through near one of the tail lights and a few other blemishes on this beautiful survivor.
This car is equipped with its original auxillary hardtop, RPO code 419, in excellent condition. The white convertible top has been replaced with this quality Al Knoch top. It is very clean and detailed as is the convertible top frame, fastening in place correctly.
The engine compartment displays its original #'s matching 283 4bbl. V8 rated at 230 horsepower. Much time and attention has been spent over the years to keep this car in the correct configuration. The carburetor, intake, block, and cylinder heads are correct for this car. The exhaust system features the original manifolds & replaced exhaust. The cooling system consists of the correct radiator, expansion tank, cap, & hose clamps. The air cleaner element is a reproduction of the original. The generator charging system is also intact and works great. There is a safety disconnect on the cable for battery life. The ignition shield is in place over the correct distributor.
Open the doors to 1961. The interior is a time capsule. The dash displays all original instruments, fully functional. The dash face and pad show well. All of the original knobs and controls are intact. The Wonderbar signal-seeking radio is working and so is the clock. You can hear it ticking. This car was ordered with the 3-speed manual transmission. The seat upholstery is in very good condition, believed replaced at some time in the cars life. Some of the stitching is coming loose.
The 90,000 miles on the original odometer are believed original according to the owner. He has receipts and photographs dating to 1999. We, and the NCRS team certainly feel this mileage is original, but as a Texas dealership, we cannot guarantee mileage on antique vehicles. The door panels are in excellent condition, left and right. The original wheels & hubcaps are fitted with the correct 7.60-15 B.F. Goodrich Silvertown Wide Whitewall Tires all around, including the spare tire/wheel.
The trunk is clean and detailed with the correct reproduction original mat, matching B.F. Goodrich Silvertown Whitewall spare tire/wheel and restored original jacking equipment. The convertible top lid and underside is also in excellent condition. The B.F. Goodrich poly-bias spare has never been used. The trunk lid emblem is the original one. Although the trunk mat has been replaced, parts of the original are still available.
Check out the straps under the rear end. The undercarriage is a further indicator of the survivor condition of this car. The chassis is in excellent condition, always a dry climate Corvette. The flooring and suspension looks great as does the lower body edges, fender & quarter panel undersides, etc. This great old car has withstood the test of time. It is garage kept and currently displays in Texas Classic Cars of Dallas' showroom.
These are the correct T-3 headlamps. This is your opportunity to own a great American Classic, an exceptional 1961 Chevrolet Corvette. The correct wheels, tires, and wheel covers really set this car off right. The VIN plate is in its correct location. Much of the original paint is believed to be still on this car. it has definitely had some paintwork done over the years. You can see some of the buffer burn, various chips, etc. in the following photos.