For many, the 1960s were the golden years of American high-performance automobiles. No car did more to usher in that era than the Chevrolet Corvette. In 1955, it was offered for the first time with a V8 engine. From then on, there was no looking back—the Corvette has helped shoulder the banner for American sporting cars, almost without interruption through to the present day.
In many important ways, 1961 marked the nascence of the Bill Mitchell era in Corvette styling. Use of chrome on the Corvette had been in decline since its high point in 1958, and by 1961, its use was relatively minimal. Gone were the curvaceous rear fenders of the earlier cars, replaced with the muscular haunches and quad taillights that preceded Larry Shinoda’s forthcoming Sting Ray.
This particular 1961 Corvette is a documented standard bearer for the model. Restoration work on the car was undertaken with utmost concern for factory-correct detail, and it has been judged and Bloomington Gold Certified. Furthermore, this Corvette has been the recipient of multiple awards and certifications by the National Corvette Restorers Society, including the Duntov Mark of Excellence and several Top Flight awards.
In Ermine White with silver coves, the finish on this lovely Corvette accurately replicates the standards of its original application in period. The shape of the lightweight fiberglass body is gently accentuated by the subtle contrast of silver and white, and the car embodies a sporting elegance. The interior is finished in the correct red and serves as an apt counterpoint for the subtle exterior. Inside, the car maintains the same attention to factory-correctness present elsewhere, and the proper materials are present throughout. It includes factory-correct components, including tar-top battery, jack, spare and hard top wrench.
One of the many practical advantages to Corvette ownership is an owner community that is nearly unmatched in its knowledge of, and dedication to, the model. This car carries a level of documentation and certification that would be astounding for almost any other type of car. The recognized experts have scrutinized it, finding that its restoration is faithful, detail-for-detail, to the original car as it rolled off the assembly line.
The 1961 Corvette was an utterly brilliant car and a world-class sports car in its day. This is a rare opportunity to take ownership of a car painstakingly restored to exacting standards.