Corvettes were fast cars for their day; in fact, most would be fast among modern sportscars today, if a little behind in the technology to harness the power. But being quick cars as standard didn't mean they weren't subject to modification, in fact, because of the performance-biased hardware from the factory, it made many people keener to upgrade theirs, so it was faster than their neighbor's. This 1959 example uses one of Chevrolet's most famous engines of the early 1960s, the 409 from the larger Impala. This one has been bored out, tuned with a higher compression ratio, and fitted with dual four-barrel Carter carbs. An aftermarket Richmond gearbox hands the power back to a live axle, as the Corvette didn't go independent at the rear until 1963. The car uses a custom tube chassis cleverly mated to the stock front suspension, while the rear has a four-bar link.
Chevrolet Corvette modified (1959) Specifications
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