1961 Chevrolet Corvette

This 1961 Chevrolet Corvette in Jewel Blue with Ermine White coves marks the last time that a tone-tone color scheme would be offered on the 'Vette. From 1962 it was solid colors all the way!

In 1961 the Corvette was restyled with, albeit minor, changes at the front. The grille was now a fine mesh replacing the chunky chrome teeth that were there previously.

The rear end received the most significant change, giving the rear deck a much more sleek look. A look that was dubbed the "ducktail". There were now two round taillights on each side and the bumpers were revised. Together with the front changes the car now looked less "chrome laden" that it did in the previous 3 years.

1961 Chevrolet Corvette rear view

Rear view

Since its introduction in 1953 the Corvette had always been a convertible. It wasn't until the second generation cars were introduced in 1963 that a Coupe was available.

The interior features foam rubber padded, all-vinyl trimmed, deep-contoured bucket seats. The Corvette was also carpeted in deep-pile carpets. The transmission tunnel was 19 per cent narrower for '61 giving more room in the two-passenger cockpit.

1961 Chevrolet Corvette Interior

Blue vinyl interior

It was also a year when new standard items were added: dual sun visors, windshield washers, parking brake alarm and courtesy lights.

Power comes from a 283 cubic inch Super Turbo-Fire V8 engine with 4-barrel carburetor producing 230 horsepower. This is paired with a 4-speed manual transmission which was a $188 option over the standard 3-speed. Original buyers could have also opted for the 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission at $199. Interestingly most original buyers went for the 4-speed which was now encased in aluminum and shaved 15 lbs off the total weight.

1961 Corvette  Super Turbo-Fire 283 V8

283 cubic inch V8 producing 230 horsepower

Also new for 1961 was the use of an aluminum radiator replacing the previous copper-core one. Not only was it lighter but offered 10% more cooling capacity.

Chevrolet produced 10,939 Corvettes for the 1961 model year at a base price of $3,934.

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Recommended Reading

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Complete Book of Corvette by Mike Mueller

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