Market Finds: 1961 Chevy Corvette with Rare Power Top

1961 Chevy Corvette with Rare Power Top

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
February 18, 2014
6 comments

The car: 1961 Chevy Corevtte

Price: $90,000 (Buy it Now)

Location: Lake Worth, Florida, USA

Original Ad: Click Here

Do we really need to explain why a ‘Vette is cool? I think most people, even non Petrolisti, instinctively know that there is something special about these cars. No red-blooded car enthusiast could ever fault you for driving a cultural icon, nicknamed “America’s sports car,” with a sixty year legacy to its name. This is why astronauts have always driven Corvettes. This particular example is one of 422 with a power top. It’s also the last year for the dual four-barrel set-up.

The two four-barrels feed a 283 cubic inch V-8 pushing the power through a four-speed tranny and posi-traction rear end; yep, it can go-go-go! This example was restored for daily driving in 1987 and is actually better than new with many thoughtful modifications. For instance: its fiberglass body was reinforced in places to prevent damage, and it was painted with 25 coats (!) of lacquer paint then clear coated, all of which took over a month’s time! You just don’t get that kind of intensive process from most paint shops these days. This example would continue to look special performing its role as a daily driver. The original ad is no joke; it has a greatly detailed write-up on its history, modifications, and hundreds of photos. We think it’s a lot of car for the money. Just take a look and judge for yourself.

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Petrolicious makes no claim as to the accuracy of the information contained in the car’s original listing, nor will it be held responsible for any errors in said information. If you’re interested in this car, do your homework and research it extensively before you buy.  

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abdul sachedina
abdul sachedina

That’s a terrible answer, where else did the seller cut corners. 25 coats of paint could never hide two holes on the body. My new question is this, is the car a numbers matching carburated Car? or should it be a fuelie?

Andreas Lavesson
Andreas Lavesson

While this is a beautiful example, I have to say that I actually prefer the pre ’58 look with the single headlights. As far as dual headlights models go, I prefer the pre ’61 models with the more swooping rear. However, my “least favourite C1” is still a favourite.

abdul sachedina
abdul sachedina

What’s with the fuelinjection badging on a carburated Car?

Yoav Gilad
Yoav Gilad

Yeah, we noticed that too. But the seller addresses it in his write-up… seems he was worried that the body filler would expand and contract at different rates, ruining the paint and thus didn’t want to fill the holes. Maybe it just means the buyer needs to buy a fuelie engine for it…

Andreas Lavesson
Andreas Lavesson

Yeah, seems odd.

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

Nothing says summertime cruise better then a red power top Corvette!. Its a good thing it has the 4 speed and the posi-traction rear end as well should make this baby fly quite nicely. I know for many and me included the C2 is the best looking of the old corvettes but i really thing a close second would be the late C1 corvettes like this one with the quad headlamps.

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