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For Sale: 1961 Chevrolet Corvette in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1961 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

A change in GM leadership delayed the next-generation Corvette, but in 1961 'Vette buyers got a preview of the C2 generation in the form of a redesigned rear treatment, harkening what would become the Sting Ray design language. The car that won Mitchell's contest was a coupe penned by Peter Brock, (who would leave GM in 1960 and eventually design the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe). That car would become the Q Corvette coupe, a design prototype built with lightness in mind, using a Corvair transaxle and independent rear.

For consignment, a 1961 version that is a precursor to the future as it retains its dual open headlights of yore, loses its toothy grill and goes with an egg crate grille. But when we move to the rear of the car we are looking at the sting ray back and tail light configuration. A meticulously restored, and former NCRS Top Flight Winner in 1998, this car now takes the form of a replica of Larry Lombardo's Top Stock NHRA winner and national record holder for ET and MPH during the 1968 race year. Stripped down from its show car status while still retaining the original 283ci 270hp V8, all of the original parts that weren't used in the transformation are included with the purchase, this includes the transmission, rear center section, convertible top, exhaust, steering wheel and wheels and tires. Wrap all this in Ermine White with a matching hardtop and now I'd say you are ready to conquer the show circuit and the dragstrip.

Not unlike a beautiful flower blooming in the springtime, this 'Vette is all dressed in Ermine White over a molded fiberglass body. This paint and body are both in near excellent condition with hand painted livery and decals to duplicate the original record setting 'Vette. Our consignor even went so far as to trademark the name "Buckshot", which can be transferred to the new owner. National champ and record holder have been painted on along with the sponsorship from the now defunct Stoudt Auto Sales and Sinistri Racing engines along with a mix of sponsorship decals and a signature by the man himself, Larry Lombardo. Now all bejeweled with beautiful chrome, which has all been replaced and polished during it's NCRS show circuit days. We see the dual blue tinted headlights, side coves with spears, and a new grille design is ready for its debut on the streets. Old style front configuration, and the new sting ray rear, split bumpers and all, it is all straight unmarred fiberglass and chrome peppering. A body matching hardtop is on and can easily be installed or removed by two people. 15-inch shiny chrome Cragar wheels blackball rubber complete the exterior outfit.

Awesome original door panels in black vinyl with plenty of horizontal ribbed aluminum which houses the window crank and gear shift styled knobbed door latch openers are all excellent and shiny. Squeezing inside past the wrap around windshield, and the restored but original dash with its large curved eyebrow which houses the gauges, and a wood rimmed 3 chromed spoked drilled steering wheel. We get comfortable in the black vinyl bomber style low back buckets. The dash with its eyebrow design is painted black and has shiny bezeled gauges clustering in the round and all in front of the steering wheel. Black carpet in slightly faded condition floods the floors and in the small bezel on top of the hump has a Hurst gear shift complete with the essential ashtray. The center of the dash houses a Wonderbar radio, and a nifty aluminum plate that has 60's style airflow levers, a large clock, and a bottom wrap around shiny trim holding it to the carpeted hump. On the passenger side of the dash is the coved Jesus bar in black ready to be grabbed when the driver goes into the turn (Jesus!). One of the niftier features of this car is the fiberglass molded tonneau cover for the top, which has coves that form to the back of the bomber seats. There is also a button to open the tonneau, as well as a vertical glove box which cascades to the center hump. All beautiful and comfy inside this example.

Lifting the front hinged hood we are met with a numbers matching CU stamped 283ci V8 capable of making 270hp. This orange/red block is topped with ribbed Corvette logoed aluminum valve coverings and a top is a dual 4-barrel carburetor set up. A Bruite steel case T-10 4-speed manual transmission on the back of this beautiful and simply presenting mill. A Quicktime blow-proof bellhousing has been added to the transmission in the name of safety and for reliable power a McLeod pressure plate and flywheel are now on. Power to the wheels comes by way of a 3.73 rear axle.

All nicely painted black rust-free framing and natural finish floor pans there was never a doubt as to structural integrity. The engine bottom end looks just beautiful in the Chevrolet orange paint. Independent coil springs in front and leaf springs are on the rear of this car. 4-wheel drum brakes are also noted, and a Weldwood front disc brake conversion is included with the purchase. White coated headers snake their way down from the immaculate engine and replaces the original exhaust, (also included with the car), and can be uncorked to make some noise or left to flow through Spintech mufflers which end in front of the rear tires.

An excellent starter and smooth runner, there is plenty of power in this gal. Handling would best be described as sweet, and the ride very comfortable. All interior functions performed well and for a brief second I envisioned myself lined up against Dave Duell in the finals, but alas it was only my crack decoder and partner in crime sporting about and showing off his motoring skills in a Model A.

One does not have to be attracted to this transition year Vette with the old style dual headlights non hidden, and the more modern shark like tail with the round lights and split rear bumper to appreciate the time and effort put into this build. A fan of vintage drag racing remembers the original and what a better way to replicate it than take a NCRS winner as your blank canvas. A fine styling mix of the original with that wonderful late 60's 1/4-mile appeal that you could say is shaken not stirred. Definitely worth a look and runs like a Swiss watch, on steroids.

S-St. Louis, MO Assy Plant
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Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1961 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Listing ID: CC-1598997
  • Price: $97,900
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1961
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Corvette
  • Exterior Color:Ermine White
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:77855
  • Stock Number:3945
  • VIN:10867S110146
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