Lot 225 - 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
|Odometer reading||46,000 km|
|Estimate||£38,000 - £42,000|
|Result||Sold - £47,040|
General Motors designer Harley Earl loved sports cars and was influenced by the GIs bringing home MGs, Jaguars, Alfa Romeos and the like after hostilities ceased in Europe in 1945. Even the small independent carmaker, Nash Motors, began selling a two-seater sports car in 1951. 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 taking its name from the corvette, a small, maneuverable fighting frigate and was unveiled to the public at that year's Motorama Car Show.
The first Corvettes were virtually hand-built 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 was standard Chevrolet components including the 'Blue Flame' in-line six-cylinder truck engine, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission and drum brakes from Chevrolet's regular car line.
We are delighted to offer this classic 1959 V8 Corvette Roadster, described as being in excellent condition throughout. The coachwork is presented in the classic Signet Red with white coves and complemented by a matching white and red interior. This breath-taking example was restored in the 1990s and the condition today reflects the quality of that restoration. It is believed that during that restoration the original three-speed manual gearbox was converted to four-speed, resulting in the Corvette being much more useable, especially in traffic. We understand that the car originated from Arkansas where it had only one owner before being exported to a motor museum in Athens. Imported from Greece into the UK in 2010, the Corvette has a UK V5 registration document and a current MoT test certificate. Within the history file can be found various invoices, an owner's manual and US Certificate of Title document from Arizona. A fabulous piece of American automotive engineering that only awaits a lucky new owner.
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