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1959

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Wheel Base: 102"
Length: 14' 10"
Width: 6' 1"
Weight: 3135 lbs
Trans: 2 Speed  Auto
   or 3 Speed Manual
   or 4 Speed Manual
Brakes: 11" drum
 
Engines
Base: 283ci V8 w/ 230hp
Optional: 283ci V8 w/ 245hp
Optional: 283ci V8 w/ 270hp
*Fuel Injection*
Optional: 283ci V8 w/ 250hp
Optional: 283ci V8 w/ 290hp

There were few changes for the 1959 model year Corvette.  The styling was toned down a notch as the faux louvres disappeared from the hood and the trunk "spears" were gone.
 
There were minor revisions to the instrument panel in 1959. The glass in front of the gauges was convex, which reduced the glare problem with the flat glass of the previous year. All tachometers read to 7,000 RPM and offered redline and safe limit indications.
 
The 1959 Corvette featured a "T" handle shifter with the close ratio four speed transmission. Pulling it up was required to select reverse, preventing accidental reverse engagement while shifting the forward gears. The four speed was a $188.30 option; base Corvettes were equipped with a three speed manual.

1959 Corvette Brochure

1959 Corvette Options List

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