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1961 Chevrolet Corvette C1 in Roman Red

1961 Chevrolet Corvette C1 in Roman Red

Close1961 Chevrolet Corvette C1 in Roman Red

Body Specs

Wheelbase:    102.00 inches
Front Track:    57.00 inches
Rear Track:    59.00 inches
Length:    176.7 inches
Width
Including Bumpers / Moldings:
   72.8 inches
Width
Not Including Bumpers / Moldings:
   70.4 inches
Front Overhang:    33.0 inches
Rear Overhang:    42.2 inches
Height:    52.2 inches
Height (Hard Top):    52.1 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:   16:1
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 2.51:1
Four Speed Transmission:   1st Gear 2.20:1
  2nd Gear 1.66:1
  3rd Gear 1.31:1
  4th Gear 1.00:1
  Reverse Gear 2.26:1
Automatic (Powerglide) Transmission:    Drive 1.82:1 and 1.00:1
  Low 1.82:1
  Reverse Gear 1.82:1
Axle Ratio:    3.36:1 (Three Speed Manual)
  3.70:1 (Four Speed Manual)
  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:    3,000 lb.
Curb - Powerglide (Automatic) Transmission
  Shipping + fuel (107 lb.), water (38 lb.):
   3,135 lb.
Loaded - Powerglide (Automatic) Transmission
(Two Passengers @ 150 lb. each):
   3,435 lb.
Shipping - Three Speed (standard) Transmission:    2,905 lb.
Curb - Three Speed (standard) Transmission
Shipping + fuel (100 lb.), water (32 lb.):
   3,035 lb.
Loaded - Three Speed (standard) Transmission
(Two Passengers @ 150 lb. each):
   3,335 lb.
Optional Hard Top:    55 lb.
Weight Differentials
Hardtop:    -2 pounds (Without Folding Top)
Hardtop:    +57 pounds (With Folding Top)
Radio:    +16 pounds
Power Top:    +35 pounds
Four Speed Transmission:    +12 pounds
Automatic (Powerglide) Transmission:    +100 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 Tank Code 1625A
(Hardtop Only):
  24.0 Gallons
  (Fiberglass)
Carburetor:   Carter 3756676 Single 4 barrel
Carburetor. Optional dual four barrel carburetors Code 469:   Carter 3744002 (front) / 3744004 (rear)
Carburetor, Optional dual four barrel carburetors Code 469
Special Camshaft:
  Carter 3741089 (front) / 3741090 (rear)
Fuel Filter:    Strainer
Fuel Pump:    Mechanical
Fuel Pressure:    5¼ - 6½ PSI
Cooling System Capacity:   16.5 Quarts (with heater)
  15.5 Quarts (without heater)
Thermostat Type:    Choke
Radiator Cap Relief Pressure:    6 ¼ - 7 ¾ PSI
Battery:    Delco 1980458 (12 volt)
  53 Amp hr. @ 120 hr.
Thermostat Opening:    167° - 172° F
Compression Pressure:    160 PSI (Engine Hot)

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:   275 hp @ 5,200 RPM;
  Torque: 305 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM
Code 579B Fuel Injection
(Special Camshaft):
  315 hp @ 6,200 RPM;
  Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

Fuel Injection:
Manufacturer:   Rochester Products
Model:   7017320 (Code 579)
  7017310 (Code 579D, Special Camshaft)
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: 1115107)
Coil current rating:    4 amps (engine stopped)
  1.8 amps (engine running)
Breaker Gap:    .019"
Ignition Timing:   4° BTDC @ 600 RPM idle (Standard Engine)
  12° BTC (Dual Four Barrel Carburetor)
  8° BTC (Fuel Injection)
  18° BTC (Fuel Injection, Special Camshaft)
Ignition Timing Centrifugal Advance:   0 ° @ 600 RPM
  5 ° @ 1,000 RPM (Fuel Injection, Special Camshaft)
  14 ° @ 1,500 RPM
  5 ° @ 1,500 RPM (Fuel Injection, Special Camshaft)
  28 ° @ 3,700 RPM (Maximum)
  22 ° @ 6,000 RPM (Maximum, Fuel Injection, Special Camshaft)
Ignition Timing Vacuum Advance:   15° @ 15.5 inches Hg (Standard Engine)
  24° @ 13.5 inches Hg (Fuel Injection)
Spark Plug:   AC 44
  AC 44 FF (Fuel Injection)
Spark Plug Thread:    14 mm.
Spark Plug Torque:    25 lb.-ft.
Spark Plug Gap:    .033 - .038 inch
Firing Order:    1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2

1961 Corvette Options

RPO: Description: Production:    Price
101 Heater 10,671 (97.55%) $102.25
102 AM Radio, Signal Seeking 9,316 (85.16%) $137.75
1408 Blackwall Tires, 6.70x15 nylon n/a $15.75
1625 24 Gallon Fuel Tank n/a $161.40
242 Positive Crankcase Ventilation n/a $5.40
276 Wheels, 15x5.5 (5) 337 (3.08%) n/a
290 Whitewall Tires, 6.70x15 9,780 (89.40%) $31.55
313 Powerglide Automatic Transmission 1,458 (13.33%) $199.10
353 283 cu. in. 275 hp fuel injected Engine 118 (1.08%) $484.20
354 283 cu. in. 315 hp fuel injected Engine 1,462 (13.37%) $484.20
419 Auxiliary Hardtop 5,680 (51.92%) $236.75
426 Power Windows 698 (6.38%) $59.20
440 Two-Tone Exterior Paint 3,351 (30.63%) $16.15
468 283ci, 270hp Engine (2x4 carburetors) 2,827 (25.84%) $182.95
469 283ci, 245hp Engine (2x4 carburetors) 1,175 (10.74%) $150.65
473 Power Operated Folding Top 442 (4.04%) $161.40
675 Positraction Rear Axle 6,915 (63.21%) $43.05
685 4-Speed Manual Transmission 7,013 (64.11%) $188.30
686 Metallic Brakes 1,402 (12.82%) $37.70
687 Heavy Duty Brakes and Suspension 233 (2.13%) $333.60

Total Production: 10,939
Convertible: 10,939 (100.00%)

Notes: Base Corvette with 283 cu. in. 230 hp engine and three speed manual transmission: $3,934.00.

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top Wheels
Tuxedo Black 1,340 (12.25%) Blue / Black / Fawn / Red Black / White Black
Ermine White 3,178 (29.05%) Blue / Black / Fawn / Red Black / White White
Roman Red 1,794 (16.40%) Black / Red Black / White Red
Sateen Silver 747 (6.83%) Blue / Black / Red Black / White Silver
Jewel Blue 855 (7.82%) Blue / Black Black / White Blue
Fawn Beige 1,363 (12.46%) Black / Fawn / Red Black / White Beige
Honduras Maroon 1,645 (15.04%) Black / Fawn Black / White Maroon

Notes: 1961 was the only year Jewel Blue interiors were available.

1961 Corvette