1961 Corvette Specifications

Small changes gave the 1961 Corvette a cleaner look and reduced weight. It was quick and powerful, with an official top speed of 109 mph (though many could reach in excess of 130 mph). Here are the specifications for the 1961 Corvette:

The 1961 Corvette was offered with a wider choice of axle ratios.
The three-speed manual gearbox was standard on the 1961 Corvette,
but was offered with a wider choice of axle ratios.

Vehicle Specifications
Convertible
Wheelbase, inches 102.0
Length, inches
176.7
Width, inches
70.4
Track, inches
front: 57.0 rear: 59.0
Height, inches
52.9
Curb Weight, pounds
3,108

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.2 x 4-bbl.fuel injection
fuel injection
Horsepower @ rpm230 @ 4800245 @ 5000270 @ 6000275 @ 5200315 @ 6200
Torque @ rpm, pound-foot300 @ 3000300 @ 3800285 @ 4200290 @ 4200295 @ 5100

Published Performance Numbers

Acceleration
230 hp, 4-sp man.
315 hp, 4-sp man.
0-60 mph, sec
8.3
6.0
0-100 mph, sec
NA
14.2
1/4-mile, sec @ mph
NA
15.5 @ 106

Vehicle Production and Base Prices

Car Type
Production
Price
2-door convertible
10,934
$3,934.00

Options and Production

Option
Production
Price
Heater
10,671
$102.25
AM Radio, signal seeking
9,316
137.75
Positive Crankcase Ventilation
NA
5.40
Wheels, 15 x 5.5
337
0.00
Whitewall Tires, 6.70 x 15
9,780
31.55
Powerglide Automatic Transmission
1,458
199.10
Auxiliary Hardtop
5,680
236.75
Power Windows
698
59.20
Two-Tone Paint
3,351
16.15
245 hp Engine
1,175
150.65
270 hp Engine
2,827
182.95
275 hp Engine Fl
118
484.20
315 hp Engine Fl
1,462
484.20
Power Operated Folding Top
442
161.40
Positraction Rear Axle
6,915
43.05
4-speed Manual Transmission 7,013
188.30
Metallic Brakes
1,402
37.70
Heavy Duty Brakes and Suspension
233
333.60
Blackwall Tires, 6.70 x 15 nylon
NA
15.75
24 Gallon Fuel Tank
NA
161.40

Color Choices and Production

Color Choice
Production Color Choice
Production
Tuxedo Black1,340
Fawn Beige
1,363
Honduras Maroon 1,645
Roman Red
1,794
Ermine White3,178
Sateen Silver 747
Jewel Blue
855


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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