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While Chevrolet’s Corvette was a stylish open-air cruiser at introduction for 1953, it was soon developed and upgraded into a true sports car. Much of the credit for the Corvette’s rise to excellence goes to engineer/racer Zora Arkus-Duntov, who tied the car’s success potential to America’s fast-growing youth market. Beginning with the addition of Ed Cole’s compact and powerful small-block V-8 engine in 1955, the Corvette was developed by Arkus-Duntov and his engineers into a track-tuned, high-performance driving machine. Building upon the Corvette’s new direction, Arkus-Duntov insisted that the high-performance parts developed and tested for the Corvette become available on the Corvette option sheet used at Chevrolet showrooms. By 1956, the early fruits of Duntov’s campaign included the optional “Dual-Quad” intake system and special high-lift solid-tappet camshaft which gained fame as the “Duntov Cam.”
The Corvette’s braking and handling were also upgraded to match its velocity, giving Chevrolet management the confidence needed to enter four Corvettes in the 1956 running of the Florida International 12-Hour Grand Prix of Endurance on the old bomber airfield at Sebring. One car finished first in class and ninth overall there, an outstanding early achievement. Available Corvette powertrains soon grew in numbers, with their outstanding power output harnessed by Powerglide automatic and Borg-Warner four-speed manual transmissions. In terms of styling, the 1958-1960 Corvette marked the final expression of Harley Earl’s era of design leadership at GM design and featured two-tone paint finishes, intricate chrome details, and interior updates. On the track, the Corvette dominated SCCA road-racing competition and took place as the car to beat by the late 1950s at any event where they competed.
Powered by the optional 283/270-hp solid-lifter, “Dual Quad” engine mated to a Borg-Warner T-10 four-speed manual transmission, this show-quality 1959 Corvette Convertible is the product of an outstanding and fresh “nut-and-bolt” restoration by a father-and-son team with more than 80 years of combined experience restoring and judging classic Corvettes. Notably, they undertake just one concours-level Corvette restoration project each year, yielding an uncommon level of attention to detail and workmanship. The optional two-tone combination of Crown Sapphire with Ermine White coves was applied in Acrylic Lacquer, complemented by a Turquoise interior, completely restored hard top, professionally polished stainless trim, and fresh chrome. Other outstanding features include a powder-coated frame, 4.11:1 rear-end ratio, the original jack and tools, a heater and new original appearing AM/FM Wonderbar radio with auxiliary input, new windshield and side glass, original ‘T-3’ headlamps, optional courtesy lights and sun visors, off-road exhaust, original Irving ‘Air Chute’ seat belts, and five (5) correct Firestone wide whitewall tires. Simply outstanding in every respect and best of all retaining all of its original fiberglass without any replacement panels, this high-specification 1959 Corvette is a true investment-quality American icon.