Lot 34 - 1959 Chevrolet Corvette
|Odometer reading||55,000 miles|
|Estimate||£55,000 - £65,000|
General Motors hired designer Harley Earl in 1927. Earl loved sports cars, and GIs returning after serving in Europe during World War II were bringing home MGs, Jaguars, Alfa Romeos, and the like. Even the small independent automaker, Nash Motors, began selling a two-seat sports car in 1951. The Nash-Healey was made in partnership with the Italian designer Pinin Farina and British auto engineer Donald Healey using Nash Ambassador engines and manual transmissions with overdrive. Earl convinced GM that they also needed to build a two-seat sports car. Earl and his Special Projects crew began working on the new car later that year, which was code named ""Opel."" The result was the 1953 Corvette, unveiled to the public at that year's Motorama car show.
Taking its name from the corvette, a small, maneuverable fighting frigate, the first Corvettes were virtually handbuilt in Flint, Michigan in Chevrolet's Customer Delivery Center. The outer body was made out of a revolutionary new composite material called fiberglass, selected in part because of limiting steel quotas left over from the Korean War. Underneath that radical new body were standard Chevrolet components, including the ""Blue Flame"" inline six-cylinder truck engine, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, and drum brakes from Chevrolet's regular car line. The addition of a V8 engine mated to a three speed manual transmission was probably the single most important in the car's history, helped turn the Corvette from a two-seat curiosity into a genuine performer.
This is unquestionably one of the finest ultra-rare 1959 ""Autoglide"" Corvette Roadsters available today. Presented in ""as new"" condition with the classic Signet red with white coves and a contrasting black interior, this breath-taking example has been the subject of a full and correct ground-up restoration in virtually every sense of the word in 2010. According to the vendor, this is a 'faultless and fully operational American icon' that is accompanied by countless documents relating to the vehicles history and restoration. A photographic record of works is also supplied as well as a number of very rare manuals and handbooks.
Please note, this image is an illustration of a similar car.
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