We have a hard time keeping the same car for 5 years more less 50 years, but when the car is a 1961 Corvette we can understand why the owner of this one has kept it for all these years. The current owner bought the car new in ’61 and has put close to 60,000 miles on it since then. They obviously enjoyed it, but took good care of. It has been pulled from their garage and listed here on eBay.
The car is still wearing its original Fawn Beige paint, which is still looking good. It has a few chips here and there, but the fiberglass body looks solid. There are a few chips to the body around the trunk lid, but nothing serious. For ’61, Chevrolet made several visual changes to the Corvette, including the duck tail rear end with four round tail lights. It was also the last year for contrasting cove paint, which is one of our favorite features of early Corvettes.
The 283 cui V8 was the only engine offered in ’61, but could be order in several configurations. This one came with the dual four barrel carburetors and is rated at 245 hp. It was also ordered with the Power Glide transmission, power windows, and power top. This configuration should provide decent performance, but would be more suited to a leisurely cruise through town.
The interior looks fantastic and shows minimal wear. It appears to be correct, but the seller doesn’t state whether everything is working correctly or not. For the time, this interior was very sporty, with the center mounted tachometer and big speedometer behind it. We have always found it interesting that Chevrolet made the automatic gear selector look like a manual shifter. Perhaps this was to allow the driver to pretend they had a manual instead of this slushbox?
This Corvette is a true American classic and it’s not hard to see why the owner has kept it for so long, but we can’t help wonder why they have decided to sell it now. Perhaps they are selling due to age or health issues, or perhaps they want it to go to someone who will enjoy it more. We don’t know their reason, but we are glad that they have kept it nice for all these years. We are still torn on what year of C1 we like the best, but this ’61 looks great. What year of Corvette is your personal favorite?