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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/ 275hp
Optional: 283ci V8 w/ 315hp

Corvette styling was substantially upgraded in 1961. Although enthusiasts at the time did not know it, they were being given a sneak peak of things to come. The rear would carry over to 1963, which would be a pivotal year in Corvette history. The "ducktail" design of the 1961 (and '62) with its four tail lights would be known as "transitional" years. The exhaust now exited below the body and not via an opening in the bumper as in previous years.
 
Body colored headlight bezels began to replace the chrome of 1960. The Corvette style was softened somewhat by the removal of the "teeth" in the grill.
 
Sun visors, an aluminum radiator, parking brake warning lamp, interior lights and the windshield washer were standard equipment. The four speed transmission featured an aluminum case.
 
The Corvette badging was updated and featured a "V" over the crossed flag. The ever-popular spear centered on the fender continued.  As with previous years, Corvette buyers had a choice of either a hard or soft top. If they wanted both, option 419 was checked and the price went up $236.75.
 
 
 

1961 Corvette Options List

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