In all, five different people on our staff drove the car and none was able to fault the synchromesh. With two new engines it was also the quickest. The new tail also sported a pair of small round taillamps on each side of the central license-plate recess, plus a modest longitudinal trunklid creaseline running through the traditional, big, round Corvette medallion. Five rear axle ratios are available: 4. The 1962 model year was the last Corvette with a solid-rear-axle suspension that was used from the beginning. Although the Corvette's - used a constant flow system, as opposed to the style of the Mercedes', the Corvette's engine nevertheless produced about 290 hp 216 kW. Interior trim and design are similar to past models and well done, but have a little of the Motorama touch.
While Corvette continued to delay the incorporation of an independent rear-suspension, this did nothing to hurt the vehicle in sales or in performance. He presented a paper to the in 1954 regarding the development of the body. But engineers have now achieved an excellent package, combining acceleration, stopping power, a good ride and handling characteristics whose adequacy is indicated by the car's race-winning ways. For the first time, seat belts were factory-installed rather than being dealer-installed as on previous models. Slim pillars and lots of glass area are responsible. Compared to the British and Italian sports cars of the day, the Corvette lacked a and required more effort to bring to a stop, but like their British competition, such as , was not fitted with roll-up windows; this would have to wait until sometime in the 1956 model year.
Flexibility, rather than actual increased power, is the main justification for the injectors and in road racing use they allow full power to be maintained under all conditions. Violations of copyright will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law. The exhaust was moved to exit the car under the rear bumper instead of out of the bumber itself, this was to prevent the bumpers from getting dirty from the exhaust. The 1962 model year was the last Corvette with a solid-rear-axle suspension that was used from the beginning. Bill Mitchell with the 1960 Stingray left and the 1961 Mako Shark I Concept right.
The surprising finding was their opinions in comparison to foreign sports cars. Archived from on 20 February 2009. By 1960, Corvette production reached 10,000 vehicles for the first time, and the option list continued to grow with six new colors available and an aluminum radiator option on the 270 and 290-hp models. All new wiring interior correct exhaust system refreshed hard top and many more. About this time, some doubt was expressed that we should build the 1954 model of steel.
New black grill with chrome surround, chrome rocker panel moldings. The outer body was made out of then-revolutionary material. The 4-speed transmission was provided with an aluminum case this year. Very few six-cylinder 1955 models were built, and all documented examples are equipped with automatic transmissions. For the 1959 model, engines and horsepower ratings did not change.
Testers sang the praises of the 1961's handling virtues, and almost none of them discerned any particular deficiencies. Mechanically, the 1961 Corvette was much like the 1960 model. The available engines were essentially just carryovers from the 1960 Corvette. The 1961 Corvette had a cleaner look that was appreciated by buyers -- sales rose to nearly 11,000 for the model year. The Corvette is absolutely unmatched for performance per dollar in terms of transportation machinery some of the newer Formula Junior cars will beat it for performance per dollar, but are, of course, single purpose cars. At first 1955 V8 Corvettes continued with the mandatory-option Powerglide automatic transmission as did the few 6-cylinder models built , but a new three-speed manual transmission came along later in the year for V8 models only. Once again we want to thank Harry Mann Chevrolet for furnishing the test car.
By the standards of that day, the Corvette was now one of the most roadworthy cars in the world. It featured a new body, a much better convertible top with power assist optional, real glass roll up windows also with optional power assist and an optional hardtop. Four interior colors were made available: black, red, fawn, and blue. At least, some of them were. Focus: The Future of Your Company Depends on It. The transmission tunnel was also narrowed by 20% to give more interior space. The Fisher Body number plate on the right-hand side of the cowl gives additional information such as the body style number, the production sequence number, the trim upholstery number code and the paint number code.
Engine choices were basically carryovers. Even soft-tops came in three colors and different materials. Headlight bezels were no longer available in chrome, but instead were painted to match the rest of the body. Furthermore, information being given to us by the reinforced plastic industry seemed to indicate the practicality of fabricating plastic body parts for automobiles on a large scale. It had a 102-inch wheelbase.
Fuel System: — — Fuel Tank Two stamped pans seam welded Two stamped pans seam welded Capacity gallons 16. Of course, as the Corvette continued to evolve, so did the standard features that came with it. The 1960 model wasn't too much different from, or too much better than, the 1959 version. Valve open 159 — 169 lb. The process started with stripping of everything attached bolted or screwed to the main body including chrome bumpers grill pieces headlight assemblies door handles stainless strips badges and emblems.