Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Roadster
Having made a big splash at GM’s 1953 Motorama, the Chevrolet Corvette was rushed to production by June 30th of that year. Arguably, however, the truly iconic Corvette arrived with the 1956 model. Restyled with a more flowing body, the car was given concave side coves finished in a contrasting color. Roll-up side windows provided all-weather comfort and required exterior door handles. All of the engines were V-8s, the 265-cubic inch unit from passenger cars making 210 brake horsepower in standard trim and 240 brake horsepower with dual carburetors. Development of the Corvette continued under legendary engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov, under whom the 283-cubic inch V-8 was adopted in 1957, making 283 brake horsepower with optional fuel injection.
245 bhp, 283.0 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, four-speed manual transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102.0 in.
Part of the RM Auctions event for John Staluppi in December, 2012.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Teddy Pieper