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
Base: 283ci V8 w/ 230hp
Optional: 283ci V8 w/ 245hp
Optional: 283ci V8 w/ 270hp
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