1961 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 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 car with the numbers matching engine, a correct 3-speed attached on the back and the factory hardtop. Wrap all this in Ermine White with silver coves with a white convertible top. Now I\'d say you are ready to conquer the show field. Exterior Not unlike a beautiful fresh snowfall on a chilly winter\'s morning, this \'Vette is all dressed in Ermine White over a molded fiberglass body. This paint and body are both in near excellent condition with no chips or scratches but does show some inclusions here and there. Now all bejeweled with beautiful chrome, which has all been replaced and polished. We see the side coves in silver 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 with chrome peppering. A white canvas convertible top sits on the head of this car and presents with no cuts, tears, or burrs, but does show some soiling and staining. It has a plastic rear window which is clear as a bell. A body matching hardtop comes with this car and installs easily with two people. 15-inch knockoff style wheel covers and wide whites in 6.70-15 format complete the exterior outfit. Interior Awesome original door panels in red 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 oversized 3 chromed spoked drilled steering wheel. We get comfortable in the red vinyl bomber style low back buckets. The dash with its eyebrow design is painted red and has shiny bezeled gauges clustering in the round and all in front of the steering wheel. Red carpet in good condition floods the floors and has a shiny gear shift bezel complete with the essential ashtray. The center of the dash houses a Wonderbar AM radio, and a nifty aluminum plate that has 60\'s style airflow levers, a large clock, ( that actually works), 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 red and white, 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 and put the top into it, as well as a vertical glove box which cascades to the center hump. All beautiful and comfy inside this example. Drivetrain A lift of the front hinged hood reveals a well restored engine bay holding the numbers matching 283ci V8 complete with the correct distributor, correct intake manifold, and carburetor. It\'s just immaculate on the paint and detailing fronts. Atop is the correct single 4-barrel Carter carburetor and a correct Saginaw 3-speed manual transmission, (casting number 3743368 E11), on the back of this beautiful and simply wonderful present
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