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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder January 14th-18th, 2015 at Russo and Steele’s 15th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.
While “America’s Sports Car” started its life as a stylish but relatively tame boulevardier, it was relentlessly developed and substantially revised in both stylistic and mechanical terms soon after its debut. Beginning with the addition of Ed Cole’s compact, durable and efficient “small-block” V-8 in 1955, the Corvette was quickly guided by Zora Arkus-Duntov and his engineering team into nothing short of a track-tuned high-performance machine by 1960, with a sharper performance orientation than ever before. Doubters were forever silenced by the Corvette’s class victory at Le Mans that year with the legendary Briggs Cunningham racing team.
Road-going Corvettes benefited from new anti-sway bars that improved the handling and performance capabilities of Chevrolet’s roadster. Five available small-block V-8 engines ranged from 230 to 315 bhp in 1960 and transmission choices included two-speed Powerglide automatic and four-speed manual units. Stylistically, the 1958-1960 Corvette represents the second-to-last iteration of the inaugural C1 Corvette platform, and features the most intricate chrome detailing ever offered, along with several interior upgrades.
Featuring the hot 283/270-hp “Dual Quad” engine, this striking, show-quality 1960 Corvette Convertible was restored to impeccable standards and down to literally the last nut and bolt by a father/son team possessing over 80 years’ combined experience restoring and judging 1st generation Corvettes. Notably, they undertake just one concours-level restoration project annually, allowing a level of focus and attention to detail possible in precious few restorations performed elsewhere. In addition to its most desirable Borg-Warner 4-speed manual transmission, this 270-horsepower, dual-carbureted Corvette is 1 of just 635 in its extremely handsome color combination.
Other great features include a 3.70:1 Positraction rear end, Antique Automobile Radio AM/FM ‘Wonderbar’ with auxiliary inputs, off-road exhaust, heater, hub caps, and period correct 6.70X15 Firestone wide whitewall tires. Additional excellent items include a matching spare with a correct jack and tools, T-3 headlights, period Irvin ‘Air Chute’ seat belts, courtesy lamps, and a temperature-controlled cooling fan clutch. Documented with many restoration photographs, this investment-quality icon has covered only test miles since it was completed, and it is an excellent running and driving example that matches its incredibly good looks and high mechanical specification.