1960 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

By: the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

This 1960 Corvette roadster is stripped of all butthe most basic amenities. See more classic car pictures.

Decades ago, purists could still order a no-nonsense, ultra-high-performance 1960 Chevrolet Corvette roadster by picking and choosing carefully from the options list. In fact, Chevrolet said as much: "1960 CORVETTE . . . more than ever, the pure definition of a sports car!"

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Most Corvettes went out the factory door laden with luxury goodies, making them comfortable boulevard cruisers. Nothing wrong with that -- they still maintained the Corvette mystique.

A rear stabilizing bar improved road handling for this zippy 1960 Corvette roadster.
A rear stabilizing bar improved road handlingfor this zippy 1960 Corvette roadster.

But some Corvette drivers clung to the notion that a sports car shouldn't be festooned with frills. A sports car, they reasoned, had one, and only one, reason for being -- over-the-road performance.

Enter the 1960 Corvette featured here. It belongs to Chip Werstein of Canoga Park, California. Its original owner specified the 283-cubic-inch fuel-injected small block V-8. With its Duntov cam and an 11.0:1 compression ratio, it packed 315 horsepower, 25 more than in 1959.

The Corvette's powerful 315-horsepower engine helped the car eat up the road.
The Corvette's powerful 315-horsepower enginehelped the car eat up the road.
With no distractions from a radio, the driver of this Corvette was free to focus on the open road ahead.
With no distractions froma radio, the driver of thisCorvette was free to focuson the open road ahead.

Also ordered were the close-ratio four speed, wide-base wheels, and Positraction. An aluminum bell housing on manual shift models saved weight, as did the aluminum cross-flow radiator.

Handling was refined with a beefier front anti-sway bar. Chevrolet also noted that,

"A stabilizer bar has been added at the rear . . . and rear spring rebound travel has been increased one inch. Result: every Corvette now has a more supple 'boulevard' ride . . . but every Corvette will corner flatter, stick better and definitely out-handle any Corvette offered before, even those with the 1959 heavy-duty suspension option."

More telling, however, is what this Corvette didn't have: radio, heater, sun visors, courtesy light, and hardtop. That's how you did it in 1960 if you took driving seriously.

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