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1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1 in Snowcrest White

1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1 in Snowcrest White

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Body Specs

Wheelbase:    102.00 inches:
Front Track:    57.00 inches
Rear Track:    59.00 inches:
Length:    177.2 inches
Width
Including Bumpers / Moldings:
   72.8 inches:
Width
Not Including Bumpers / Moldings:
   70.3 inches:
Front Overhang:    33.0 inches
Rear Overhang:    42.2 inches:
Height (at Windshield):    49.2 inches
Height (Loaded, Hard Top):    51.9 inches
Height (Loaded, Folding Top):    52.0 inches
Hood Opening:    Front (reverse alligator)
Finish (paint type):    Lacquer
Turning Diameter:    38.5 feet (right); 39.0 feet (left)
  wall - wall
  36.5 feet (right); 37.0 feet (left)
  curb - curb
Steering gear ratio:    16.3:1:
Steering Wheel Turns:    3.25:
Tire Size:    6.70-15 4 Ply Rating:
Tire Type:    Rayon
Three Speed Transmission:    1st Gear 2.21:1
  2nd Gear 1.32:1
  3rd Gear 1.00:1
  Reverse Gear 2.25:1
Four Speed Transmission Close Ratio:    1st Gear 2.21:1
  2nd Gear 1.66:1
  3rd Gear 1.31:1
  4th Gear 1.00:1
Axle Ratio:    3.70:1; Optional: 4.11:1, 4.56:1
  Automatic: 3.55:1
Transmission Synchromesh:   Three Speed: 2nd and 3rd Gears
  Four Speed: All Four Gears:


Weight

Shipping - Powerglide (Automatic) Transmission:    3,002 lb.
Curb - Powerglide (Automatic) Transmission
Shipping + fuel (107 lb.), water (38 lb.):
   3,135 lb.
Loaded - Powerglide (Automatic) Transmission
(Two Passengers @ 150 lb. each):
   3,405 lb.
Shipping - Three Speed (standard) Transmission:    2,900 lb.
Curb - Three Speed (standard) Transmission
Shipping + fuel (107 lb.), water (38 lb.):
   3,033 lb.
Loaded - Three Speed (standard) Transmission
(Two Passengers @ 150 lb. each):
   3,333 lb.
Optional Hard Top:    55 lb.
Weight Differentials
Heavy Duty Brakes, Suspension (Code 684):    +77 pounds
Limited Slip Differential:    +6 pounds
Dual Four Barrel Carburetors:    +17 pounds
Fuel Injection:    -7 pounds
Hardtop:   -2 pounds (Without Folding Top)
Hardtop:   +58 pounds (With Folding Top)
Sunshade:   +2 pounds (Pair)
Heater:   +20 pounds
Radio:   +16 pounds
Whitewall Tire:    +1 pound
Power Top:    +34 pounds
Four Speed Transmission:    +12 pounds
Automatic (Powerglide) Transmission:    +101 pounds
Power Windows:    +7 pounds
Windshield Washers:    +4 pounds
15-5 Wheels:    -2 pounds


Engine Specs

Type::    V8
Valve Location::    In Head:
Bore / Stroke::    3.875" / 3.00"
Displacement::    283 Cubic Inches:
Compression Ratio::    9.5 : 1:
Crankshaft Material::    Forged Steel:
Camshaft Material::    Cast Alloy Iron:
Oil Pump Type::    Gear:
Normal Oil Pressure:    35 psi @ 2,000 RPM:
Oil Pressure Gauge:    Electric:
Crankcase Oil Capacity (less filter):    5 Quarts:
Recommended Oil Grade:    Above 32°: SAE 20W, SAE 20 or SAE 10W-30
To 0°: SAE 10W or SAE 10W-30
Below 0°: SAE 5W or SAE 5W-20
Sustained high speed over 90°F - SAE 30 may be used:
Fuel Tank:    16.4 Gallons
Fuel Filter:    Strainer:
Fuel Pump:    Mechanical
Fuel Pressure:    5¼ - 6½ PSI:
Carburetor:    Carter 3756676 Single 4 barrel
Carburetor
Optional dual four barrel carburetors Code 469:
   Carter 3744002 (front) / 3744004 (rear)
Special Camshaft: Carter 3741089 (front) / 3741090 (rear)
Cooling System Capacity:    16.5 Quarts (with heater)
15.5 Quarts (without heater):
Cooling System Frontal Area:    380 sq. in.
Radiator Cap Relief Pressure:    6 ¼ - 7 ¾ PSI:
Thermostat Type:    Choke
Thermostat Opening:    160° F
Battery:    Delco 1980458 (12 volt)
53 Amp hr. @ 120 hr.

Horsepower:
Standard Engine:    230 hp @ 4,800 RPM;
Torque: 300 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM
Code 469A
(Two Four Barrel Carburetors):
   245 hp @ 5,000 RPM;
Torque: 300 ft-lb. @ 3,800 RPM:
Code 469C
(Two Four Barrel Carburetors, Special Camshaft):
   270 hp @ 6,000 RPM;
Torque: 285 lb-ft @ 4,200 RPM:
Code 579A Fuel Injection:    250 hp @ 5,000 RPM;
Torque: 305 lb-ft @ 3,800 RPM
Code 579B
(Special Camshaft):
   290 hp @ 6,200 RPM;
Torque: 290 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM:

Fuel Injection:
Manufacturer:    Rochester Products
Model:    7017200 (Code 579B, 283 hp)
Recommended Fuel:    Premium:
Fuel Pump:    Mechanical:
Fuel Pressure:    5 ¼ - 6 ½ PSI:
Inlet Manifold:    Cast Aluminum:
Air Cleaner Type:    Dry:
Air Meter Location:    Engine Left Side :
Plenum Chamber:    Integral With Inlet Manifold:
Ram Pipe Length:    12 Inches:
Fuel Induction:    Metered as Function of Air Flow:
Air / Fuel Ratio Control:    Vacuum Sensitive Diaphragm Located on Air Flow Meter:
Fuel Meter Pump Type:    Gear:
Fuel Meter Pump Location:    In Fuel Meter Assembly:
Fuel Meter Pump Drive:    Gear Driven by Flexible Shaft From Distributor:
Fuel Meter Pump Pressure:    300 PSI:
Injection Nozzles Quantity:    8:
Injection Nozzles Material:    Brass:
Injection Nozzles Location:    Mounted on Inlet Manifold Above Intake Ports:
Injection Nozzles Orifice Size - Fuel:    .0118 inch:
Injection Nozzles Insulation:    Bakelite:
Automatic Choke Type:    Electric, Time Temperature Type
Automatic Choke Location:    On Air Meter Assembly:
Automatic Choke Current Draw:    1 amp @ 70°
Automatic Choke Fast Idle Cam:    Yes:

Ignition System:
Coil:    Delco-Remy 1115091 (FI Engines: 11151007)
Coil current rating:    4 amps (engine stopped)
1.8 amps (engine running):
Breaker Gap:    .018"
Ignition Timing:    4° BTDC @ 600 RPM idle:
Ignition Timing Centrifugal Advance:    14 ° @ 1,500 RPM
28 ° @ 3,700 RPM (Maximum):
Ignition Timing Vacuum Advance
Standard Engine:
   15° @ 15.5 inches Hg
Spark Plug:    AC 46:
Spark Plug Thread:    14 mm.
Spark Plug Torque:    20 - 25 lb.-ft.:
Spark Plug Gap:    .033 - .038 inch
Firing Order:    1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2:

1959 Corvette Options

RPO: Description: Production:    Price
101 Heater 8,909 (92.13%) $102.25
102 AM Radio, Signal Seeking 7,001 (72.40%) $149.80
107 Parking Brake Alarm 3,601 (37.24%) $5.40
108 Courtesy Lights 3,601 (37.24%) $6.50
109 Windshield Washers 7,929 (82.00%) $16.15
121 Radiator Fan Clutch 67 (0.69%) $21.55
1408 Blackwall Tires, 6.70x15 nylon n/a n/a
1408 Blackwall Tires, 6.70x15 nylon n/a n/a
1625 24 Gallon Fuel Tank n/a n/a
1625 24 Gallon Fuel Tank n/a n/a
261 Sunshades 3,722 (38.49%) $10.80
276 Wheels, 15x5.5 (5) 214 (2.21%) n/a
290 Whitewall Tires, 6.70x15 8,173 (84.52%) $31.55
313` Powerglide Automatic Transmission 1,878 (19.42%) $199.10
419 Auxiliary Hardtop 5,481 (56.68%) $236.75
426 Power Windows 587 (6.07%) $59.20
440 Two-Tone Exterior Paint 2,931 (30.31%) $16.15
469 283 cu. in. 245 hp Engine two 4 bbl. carburetors 1,417 (14.65%) $150.65
469C 283 cu. in. 270 hp Engine two 4 bbl. carburetors 1,846 (19.09%) $182.95
473 Power Operated Folding Top 661 (6.84%) $139.90
579 283 cu. in. 250 hp fuel injected Engine 175 (1.81%) $484.20
579D 283 cu. in. 290 hp fuel injected Engine 745 (7.70%) $484.20
675 Positraction Rear Axle 4,170 (43.12%) $48.45
684 Heavy Duty Brakes and Suspension 142 (1.47%) $425.05
685 4-Speed Manual Transmission 4,175 (43.17%) $188.30
686 Metallic Brakes 333 (3.44%) $26.90

Total Production: 9,670
Convertible: 9,670 (100.00%)

Notes: Base Corvette with 283 cu. in. 230 hp engine and three speed manual transmission: $3,875.00

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top Wheels
Tuxedo Black 1,594 (16.48%) Blue / Black / Red Black / White Black
Classic Cream 223 (2.31%) Black Black / White Black
Frost Blue 1,024 (10.59%) Blue / Red Blue / Black / White Black
Crown Sapphire 888 (9.18%) Turquoise Black / Turquoise / White Black
Roman Red 1,542 (15.95%) Black / Red Black / White Black
Snowcrest White 3,354 (34.68%) Blue / Black / Red / Turquoise Blue / Black / Turquoise Black
Inca Silver 957 (9.90%) Black / Red Black / White Black

Notes: 1959 was the only year a Turquoise soft top was available. Colors of exported Corvettes are unknown.

1959 Corvette