1959 Corvette Specifications

The 1959 Corvette featured a cleaned-up look thanks to the removal of chrome detailing, but kept all the power of its predecessor and gained a smoother ride thanks to the addition of rear-trailing radius rods. Here are the specifications for the 1959 Corvette:

The 1959 Corvette could reach a top speed of 128 mph.
The 1959 Corvette could reach a top speed of 128 mph.

Vehicle Specifications
Convertible
Wheelbase, inches 102.0
Length, inches
177.0
Width, inches
73.0
Track, inches
front: 57.0 rear: 59.0
Height, inches
52.0
Curb Weight, pounds
3,080

Mechanical Specifications (2-door convertible)

Suspension
front: Independent; upper and lower A-arms, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, antiroll bar, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers
rear: Live axle on semi-elliptic leaf springs, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers, trailing radius rods

Wheels/Tires
6.70x15

Brakes
front: 11-inch drum
rear: 11-inch drum

Transmission
3-speed manual (std)
4-speed manual (opt)
2-speed Powerglide (opt)

Standard axle ratio
3.70:1

Engine Specifications

Typeohv V-8ohv V-8ohv V-8ohv V-8 ohv V-8
Displacement, liters/cu inch4.6/283
4.6/283 4.6/2834.6/2834.6/283
Bore x stroke, inches3.875 x 3.003.875 x 3.003.875 x 3.003.875 x 3.003.875 x 3.00
Fuel Management1 x 4-bbl. 2 x 4-bbl.fuel injection2 x 4-bbl.fuel injection
Horsepower @ rpm230 @ 4800245 @ 5000250 @ 5000270 @ 6000290 @ 6200
Torque @ rpm, pound-foot300 @ 3000300 @ 3800305 @ 3800285 @ 4200290 @ 4400

Published Performance Numbers

Acceleration
250 hp, 4-sp man.
290 hp, 4-sp man.
0-60 mph, sec
7.8
6.8
0-100 mph, sec
NA
15.5
1/4-mile, sec @ mph
15.7 @ 90
14.9 @ 96

(Source: Road & Track)

Vehicle Production and Base Prices

Car Type
Production
Price
2-door convertible
9,670
$3,875.00

Options and Production

Option
Production
Price
Heater
8,909
$102.25
AM Radio, signal seeking
7,001
149.80
Parking Brake Alarm
3,601
5.40
Courtesy Lights
3,601
6.50
Windshield Washer
7,909
16.15
Radiator Fan Clutch
67
21.55
Sunshades
3,722
10.80
Wheels, 15 x 5.5
214
0.00
Whitewall Tires, 6.70 x 15
8,173
31.55
Powerglide Automatic Transmission
1,878
199.10
Auxiliary Hardtop
5,481
236.75
Power Windows
587
59.20
Two-Tone Paint
2,931
16.15
245 hp Engine
1,417
150.65
270 hp Engine
1,846
182.95
Power Operated Folding Top
661
139.90
250 hp Engine Fl
175
484.20
290 hp Engine Fl
745
484.20
Positraction Rear Axle
4,170
48.45
Heavy Duty Brakes and Suspension
142
425.05
4-speed Manual Transmission
4,175
188.30
Metallic Brakes
333
26.90
Blackwall Tires, 6.70 x 15 nylon
NA
NA
24 Gallon Fuel Tank
NA
NA

Color Choices and Production

Color Choice
Production Color Choice
Production
Tuxedo Black1,594
Classic Cream
223
Frost Blue
1,024
Crown Sapphire
888
Roman Red
1,542
Snowcrest White
3,354
Inca Silver
957


Learn about other Corvettes in this generation:

1953 Corvette
1954 Corvette
1955 Corvette
1956 Corvette
1957 Corvette
1958 Corvette
1959 Corvette
1960 Corvette
1961 Corvette
1962 Corvette


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