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The 1960 Chevrolet Corvette

1960 Turqoise Convertible Corvette


The 1960 Corvette was very similar to the 1959 model. Aluminum radiators were installed on 270 horsepower and 290 horsepower Corvettes. The aluminum head engines that were advertised as code "DH" were too hard to manufacture and did not make it into the main production run. All engines except the base included cast alloy valve covers with 7 fins. The base engine included plain painted steel valve covers with the Chevrolet script. The front sway bar had an increase in diameter and a new rear sway bar was added to improve the handling of the car. Also a new aluminum clutch housing reduced the weight of the car by 18 pounds. All 1960 Corvettes with fuel injection required a manual transmission, earlier models allowed an automatic with the lower horsepower fuel injected engines. Fifteen of the 1960 production run were non-standard colors or primer. The passenger grab bar and storage bin from the previous year are still included.
1960 Production Options and Build Statistics

Total 1960 Corvettes Built - 10,261 - All Convertibles

Serial Numbers: 00867S100001 through 00867S110261

The serial number (Vehicle Identification Number -- VIN) is located on a stainless steel plate welded to the top of the steering column mast under the hood.

Position Character Description
1 0 1960
2 & 3 08 body series: Corvette
4 & 5 67 convertible
6 S Assembled in St. Louis, MO
7 to 12 100001 to 110261 production sequence

Engine Serial Number

1 to 7 0001001 sequential production number
8 F or T Flint, MI or Tonawanda, NY
9 to 10 Carburetion & transmission
  • CQ = 283-cid 230-hp V-8 with 9.5:1 compression ratio, three-speed manual transmission, and four-barrel carburetor
  • CR = 283-cid 275-hp V-8 with 11.0:1 compression ratio, three-speed manual transmission with fuel injection
  • CS = 283-cid 315-hp V-8 with 11.0:1 compression ratio, three-speed manual transmission, high lift camshaft, and fuel injection
  • CT = 283-cid 245-hp V-8 with 9.5:1 compression ratio, three-speed manual transmission and dual four-barrel carburetors
  • CU = 283-cid 270-hp V-8 with 9.5:1 compression ratio, three-speed manual transmission, high-lift camshaft and dual four-barrel carburetors
  • DG = 283-cid 230-hp V-8 with 9.5:1 compression ratio, Powerglide automatic transmission and a four-barrel carburetor
  • DJ = 283-cid 245-hp V-8 with 9.5:1 compression ratio, Powerglide automatic transmission and dual four-barrel carburetors

The body style number plate is located on the engine side of the cowl. Fisher Body Style Number 60-0867 identifies a Corvette. The body number is the serial number of the body.


RPO Description Price Production
867
Base Convertible $3,872.00 10,261
101
Heater $102.25 9,809
102
AM Radio, Signal Seeking $137.75 8,166
107
Parking Brake Alarm $5.40 4,051
108
Courtesy Lights $6.50 6,774
109
Windshield Washers $16.15 7,205
121
Temp. Controlled Radiator Fan $21.55 2,711
261
Sunshades $10.80 5,276
276
Wheels, 15x5.5 $0.00 246
290
Whitewall Tires, 6.70x15 $31.55 9,104
313
Powerglide Automatic Transmission $199.10 1,766
419
Auxiliary Hardtop $236.75 5,147
426
Power Windows $59.20 544
440
Two-Tone Paint Combination $16.15 3,309
469
283ci, 245hp Engine (2x4 carbs.) $150.65 1,211
469C
283ci, 270hp Engine (2x4 carbs.) $182.95 2,364
473
Power Operated Folding Top $139.90 512
579
283ci, 250hp Engine (fuel inj.) $484.20 100
579D
283ci, 290hp Engine (fuel inj.) $484.20 759
675
Positraction Rear Axle (3.70:1) $48.45 1,548
675
Positraction Rear Axle 4.11:1 $48.45 3,226
675
Positraction Rear Axle 4.56:1 $48.45 457
685
4-Speed Manual Transmission. $188.30 5,328
686
Metallic Brakes $26.90 920
687
Heavy Duty Brakes and Susp. $333.60 119
1408
Blackwall Tires, 6.70x15 $15.75 N/A
1625A
24 Gallon Fuel Tank $161.40 N/A

Color Options for 1960

RPO Exterior Ditzler # Dupont # RM # Interior Soft Top Production
517A Cascade Green N/A N/A N/A Black White/Blue/Black 140
510A Ermine White 825 4024 1199 Blue/Black/Red/Turq. Blue/Black/White 3,717
502A Horizon Blue N/A N/A N/A Blue/Black/Red White/Blue/Black 766
506A Roman Red 70961 2931 1138 Black/Red White/Black 1,529
509A Sateen Silver DDL-31905 Lucite Acrylic Lacquer #4023-L
Duco Nitrocellulose Lacquer #93988
Acrylic Lacquer #A-1203
Nitrocellulose Lacquer #1203
Blue/Black/Red/Turq. White/Black/Blue 989
504A Tasco Turquoise N/A N/A N/A Black/Turquoise White/Black/Blue 635
N/A Tuxedo Black DDL-9300 Lucite Acrylic Lacquer #88-L
Duco Nitrocellulose Lacquer #44
Acrylic Lacquer #A-496
Nitrocellulose Lacquer #400
Red/Black/Blue White/Black 1,268

Two-Tone Paint Production (RPO 440)

Color Production
Roman Red / White 779
Honduras Maroon / White 572
Ermine White / Silver 488
Tasco Turquoise / White 383
Tuxedo Black / Silver 368
Horizon Blue / White 359
Cascade Green / White 65

Interior Colors


Color Production
Black 3,231
Blue 1,032
Red 4,920
Turquoise 1,078

1960 Corvette Specifications

Mechanical Dimensions

Wheelbase 102 in.
Track Front/Rear 57 in. / 59 in.
Length 177.2 in.
Width 72.8 in.
Height 51.6 in.
Frontal Area N/A
Ground Clearance N/A
Curb Weight 2,985 lbs.
Fuel Capacity 16.4 gal.
Coolant Capacity N/A

Interior Dimensions

Headroom 34.7 in.
Hip Room 21.5 in. per bucket
59.6 in. total
Leg Room 46.5 in.
Shoulder Room 49.4 in.

Engine Specifications

Feature Base Engine RPO 469 RPO 469C RPO 579 RPO 579D
Type V-8, Overhead valve
Block Cast iron
Displacement 283 cid
Bore & Stroke 3.87 x 3.00
Compression ratio 9.50:1 10.5:1
Brake horsepower 230 @ 4800 rpm 245 270 275 315
Main bearing Five
Valve lifters Hydraulic Solid
Carburetor Carter four-barrel Type WCFB Model 3779178 Two four-barrel carbs Two four-barrel carbs Rochester fuel injection Rochester fuel injection

 


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