1960 C1 Corvette

1960 C1 Corvette Overview

It is said that when you find something that works, don’t change it.  For Chevrolet, this sentiment resonated amongst the senior designers of the Corvette.  Despite the conceptual changes that Bill Mitchell had been toying with since 1958, the reality was that the Corvette was going to be around in it’s current form for a few more years.

From a sales standpoint, this seemed to sit just fine with GM executives, who had watched the Corvette’s financial successes gain more ground with each passing year.  Even in 1958, when an economic recession impacted so many manufacturers, the Corvette had succeeded in turning a profit.

Surely, the Corvette still had room to grow – even if that growth meant staying the sameAnd from 1959 to 1960, stay the same it did.  From a design standpoint at least, the 1960 Corvette is virtually indistinguishable from the 1959.  The body lines and chrome trim is nearly identical on both models.

The interiors have virtually no distinguishable differences.  In short, the 1960 Corvette was, from all design purposes, a continuation of the 1959 production model.

Model: 1960 Corvette
Generation: C1 Corvette
Type: 2 Door Convertible
Available Colors: Tuxedo Black, Horizon Blue, Roman Red, Sateen Silver, Tasco Turquoise, Honduras Maroon, Ermine White, Cascade Green
Engine: 283 ci. V-8 (fuel injected or carbureted) – multiple-horsepower options available
VIN: 00867S100001 – 00867S110261
Transmission: 3-speed manual (standard), 4-speed manual (optional), 2-speed Powerglide (optional)
Original Price: $3,872.00
Units Produced: 10, 261
Full Spec List 1960 Corvette Complete Specs
The 1960 Corvette.
The 1960 Corvette.

However – the engineers behind the power plant that gave the Corvette it’s heart and soul had something new in mind for the 1960 model year.  The top two engines, both fuel injected or “fuelie” engines, received an increase in their overall horsepower.

The addition of solid lifters and a higher, 11.0:1 compression ratio boosted the strongest of the fuelie engines to 315-bhp at 6,200 rpms.  The second most powerful engine included hydraulic lifters (which made for easier maintenance) and pumped out an impressive 275-bhp at 5,200 rpms.

Because of these performance increases, the Powerglide automatic transmission was no longer an option, as it simply could not handle the torque these new powerhouse engines generated. The carbureted engines that were also included as optional engines for the 1960 model remained the same as they had on earlier models.

The most conservative of these engines was a 230 horsepower engine that included a single, four-barrel carburetor.  Next in succession of horsepower was a 245-bhp, hydraulic lifter version of the same engine that included a dual-quad carburetor.  Topping these was the 270-bhp engine with twin four-barrel carburetors.

1960 Corvette Engine
The 315 Horsepower, Solid Lifter, 11.0:1 Compression, 283 Cubic Inch V-8 Engine.

The refinements to the 1960 Corvette did not end with the engine.  In 1956, Zora Arkus-Duntov developed the “Duntov Cam”, a high lift camshaft that was intended to help make Corvette a contender in the international racing circuit.

While this cam proved most effective in generating the extra performance necessary to produce a car capable of winning against the staunchest of competitors, it also caused engine temperatures to rise far above similar engines with more conventional cams.  To compensate for this, aluminum radiators were introduced in the 1960 Corvettes for anyone ordering a Corvette with the Duntov Cam option.

Aluminum clutch housings for the manual transmissions were also introduced, which helped to drop the Corvette’s overall weight by eighteen pounds (18lbs).  A power-saving, thermostatically controlled cooling fan was introduced as a new option, as was a long range, 24 gallon fuel tank.

Standard options for the 1960 Corvette included the introduction of a larger-diameter front anti-roll bar matched and a new, heavier duty rear bar.  These changes, plus an extra inch of rear-wheel travel in rebound produced a smoother riding, more neutral handling Corvette than ever before.

The 270 Horsepower, Twin Four-Barrel Carbureted 283 Cubic Inch V-8 Engine.

Although Chevrolet shied away from advertising the Corvette as a performance car after a ban on racing had been put into place by the Automotive Manufacturers Association ( or “AMA” for short), Chevrolet continued to offer many performance options for the 1960 model year.

Aside from the optional, “beefed up”, 315 horsepower engine which carried an additional cost of $484.20, there was also the option of ordering Positraction for $43.05 and a four-speed gearbox for $188.30. Additionally, the metallic brake linings were again made available as a $26.90 option.

Whereas a few short years ago the Corvette was railed by critics for it’s lack of performance, the Corvette had come into it’s own as a genuine sports car both in the United States as well as around the world.

It’s on road abilities were no longer questioned.  It had been accepted as a serious contender in many racing circuits, despite the decision made by the AMA.  In fact, 1960 saw three Corvettes run at the famous “24 Hours of Le Mans”.  Owned by yachtsman and one-time car builder Briggs Cunningham, the Corvette proved it’s mettle against some of the staunchest competitors in the world.  Drivers Bob Grossman and John Fitch drove one of these Corvettes to a respectable eighth place overall finish. It was privately owned without formal manufacturer’s support and that it was competing against factory racing prototypes from some of Europe’s most illustrious manufacturers, it makes the measure of their success that much greater.

DID YOU KNOW: While steel-belted tires are common today, back in the 1950’s, they were unheard of. In fact, the 1960 Corvette was the first Corvette to use Nylon Belted Tires (a type of tire that is still sometimes used today, though not as durable as a steel belted tire). Prior to 1960, the Corvette (along with most other production cars), used cotton ply tires. A “cotton ply” was the cross layering of cotton fabric on the interior of a tire to provide adequate wall strength to hold the pressurized air when the tire was inflated.

1960 Corvette Racing
Briggs Cunningham’s Corvettes. Bob Grossman and John Fitch drove the number “3” Corvette and were the only team to finish at LeMans that year, taking an impressive 8th place finish.

After the run at LeMans, where Cunningham’s Corvette achieved a top speed of 151 miles per hour down the Mulsanne Straight, Chevrolet began to offer Cunningham cylinder heads cast from a high-silicon aluminum alloy.

The heads, (based on a design that was first introduced to the 1957 Sebring Corvette SS prototype racer,) maintained the stock 11.0:1 compression ratio but featured improved intake and exhaust flow.   Although the use of aluminum heads was fine in theory, the reality of these heads were that they tended to warp if the engine overheated.

Further, Chevrolet had quality control issues with the castings used to create these aluminum heads. The belief is that these heads, which provided proven performance, were never made available to retail customers.

The 1960 "Stingray" Corvette.
The 1960 “Stingray” Corvette.

The ongoing debate about a second generation Corvette continued to be a topic of much discussion throughout 1960.

However, unlike previous years where prototype designs and rumored modeling ended up abandoned without the funding to become anything more than design sketches or clay models, 1960 saw the debut of a dramatic, new special edition Corvette called simply “Stingray” that was “privately” campaigned by GM Design Chief Bill Mitchell.

The fact alone that Bill Mitchell had succeeded Harley Earl’s position upon his retirement in 1958 led many Corvette enthusiasts to believe that this “track edition” Stingray Corvette would guide the shape of things to come.

In addition to the dramatic, bold look of the Stingray, Mitchell also continued to work on breathing new life into the existing Corvette styling, which had gone virtually unchanged since 1956. However, despite an abundance of design ideas from the team of designers in his studios, the Corvette would continue to remain mostly unchanged until 1962.

1960 Corvette Ads
Dealership Promotional Poster for the 1960 “Checkpoint For Fun” Corvette. (Image Courtesy of GM Media.)

While individuals like Mitchell were envisioning a new Corvette on the horizon, Chevrolet had it’s priorities set on other ventures, including the Corvair.

Although Ed Cole’s technically advanced, compact Corvair was considered one of the most interesting of the Big Three’s new 1960 small cars, it was plagued with service issues including: oil leaks, thrown fan belts and tuning difficulties, amongst others.

When it failed to outsell the Ford Falcon that same year, General Motors allocated money be put aside to fund other, more conventional compact cars, which would ultimately cut into the development dollars that could/would be spent on developing another Corvette.  For now, the Corvette would have to continue to weather on in it’s current form.

And weather on it did.  In 1960, Corvette overcame the sales hurdle that had eluded it for so many years – it sold more than 10,000 units that year.  In fact, 10,261 Corvettes were sold in 1960, braking the psychologically important “10K” barrier and making it the most successful Corvette (from both a performance and a sales standpoint) yet.

Corvette had proved itself to the General Motors executives and it’s long term future was most definitely assured.

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1960 Corvette Specifications

1960 Corvette Main Specs

MODEL: 1960 Chevrolet Corvette
BODY STYLE: Two-door convertible, front engine, rear wheel drive
MANUFACTURING LOCATION: St. Louis, Missouri
CONSTRUCTION: Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP or “fiberglass”) body, steel frame with steel and chrome structural & chassis components.
VEHICLE NUMBERS (VIN): 00867S100001 – 00867S110261
VIN PREFIX: CQ: 4-BARREL CARBURETOR, 283 CUBIC INCH, 230 HP, MANUAL TRANS
CR: FUEL INJECTION, 283 CUBIC INCH, 275 HP, MANUAL TRANS
CS: FUEL INJ & SPECIAL CAM, 283 CUBIC INCH, 315 HP, MANUAL TRANS
CT: 2×4-BARREL CARB, 283 CUBIC INCH, 245 HP, MANUAL TRANS
CU: 2×4-BARREL CARB & SPECIAL CAM, 283 CUBIC INCH, 270 HP, MANUAL TRANS
DG: POWERGLIDE & 4-BARREL CARB, 283 CUBIC INCH, 230 HP, AUTO TRANS
ENGINE BLOCK NUMBER: 3737739 (EARLY PRODUCTION),  3756519
HEAD NUMBER: 3774692
CARBURETOR NUMBERS: CARTER 2613S #3741089: 283 CUBIC INCH, 270 HP, FRONT CARBURETOR
CARTER 2614S #3741090: 283 CUBIC INCH, 270 HP, REAR CARBURETOR
CARTER 2626S #3744002: 283 CUBIC INCH, 245 HP, FRONT CARBURETOR
CARTER 2627S #3744004: 283 CUBIC INCH, 245 HP, REAR CARBURETOR
CARTER 2818S #3756676: 283 CUBIC INCH, 230 HP, FIRST DESIGN
CARTER 3059S #3779178: 283 CUBIC INCH, 230 HP, SECOND DESIGN
FUEL INJECTION NUMBER: ROCHESTER 7017200: 283 CUBIC INCH, 275 HORSEPOWER
ROCHESTER 7017250: 283 CUBIC INCH, 315 HORSEPOWER
ROCHESTER 7017300: 283 CUBIC INCH, 275 HORSEPOWER
DISTRIBUTOR NUMBER: 1110891: 283 CUBIC INCH, 245 HORSEPOWER, 270 HORSEPOWER
1110914: 283 CUBIC INCH, 315 HORSEPOWER
1110915: 283 CUBIC INCH, 275 HORSEPOWER
1110946: 283 CUBIC INCH, 230 HORSEPOWER
GENERATOR NUMBER: 1102043: 283 CUBIC INCH, 230 HP, 245 HP, 275 HP, 270 HP
1102173: 283 CUBIC INCH, 315 HORSEPOWER
AXLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER AH: 3-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION (3.70:1 RATIO)
AE: POWERGLIDE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (3.55:1 RATIO)
AN: LIMITED SLIP DIFFERENTIAL (3.70:1 RATIO)
AP: LIMITED SLIP DIFFERENTIAL (4.11:1 RATIO)
AQ: LIMITED SLIP DIFFERENTIAL (4.56:1 RATIO)
AS: LSD, HEAVY DUTY SUSPENSION AND BRAKES, (3.70:1 RATIO)
AT: LSD, HEAVY DUTY SUSPENSION AND BRAKES, (4.11:1 RATIO)
AU: LSD, HEAVY DUTY SUSPENSION AND BRAKES, (4.56:1 RATIO)
FJ: MANUAL TRANSMISSION, LSD. AND METALLIC BRAKES, (3.70:1 RATIO)
PRODUCTION ENDING VEHICLE: OCT, 1959: 101168, NOV. 1959: 101454, DEC. 1959: 102059, JAN. 1960:103158, FEB. 1960: 104360, MAR. 1960: 105711, APR. 1960: 107011, MAY 1960: 108167, JUN 1960: 109149, JUL. 1960: 109846, AUG. 1960: 110261
 1960 C1 Corvette

1960 Corvette Price & Options

CODE DESCRIPTION QUANTITY RETAIL PRICE
867 Base Corvette Convertible 10,261 $3,875.00
101 Heater 9,808 $102.25
102 AM Radio, signal seeking 8,166 $137.75
107 Parking Brake Alarm 4,051 $5.40
108 Courtesy Lights 6,774 $6.50
109 Windshield Washers 7,205 $16.15
121 Temperature Controlled Radiator Fan 2,711 $21.55
261 Sunshades 5,276 $10.80
276 Wheels, 15 x 5.5 (5) 246 $0.00
290 Whitewall Tires, 6.70 x 15 9,104 $31.55
313 Powerglide Automatic Transmission 1,766 $199.10
419 Auxillary Hardtop 5,147 $236.75
426 Power Windows 544 $59.20
440 Two-Tone Paint Combination 3,312 $16.15
469 283ci, 245HP Engine (2×4 Carburetors) 1,211 $150.65
469C 283ci, 270HP Engine (2×4 Carburetors) 2,364 $182.95
473 Power Operated Folding Top 512 $139.90
579 283ci, 275HP Engine (Fuel Injection) 100 $484.20
579D 283ci, 315HP Engine (Fuel Injection) 759 $484.20
675 Positraction Rear Axle 5,231 $43.05
685 4-Speed Manual Transmission 5,328 $188.30
686 Metallic Brakes 920 $26.90
687 Heavy Duty Brakes and Special Steering 119 $333.60
1408 Blackwall Tires, 6.70 x 15 Nylon $15.75
1625A 24 Gallon Fuel Tank $161.40

1960 Corvette Exterior/Interior Colors

EXTERIOR TOTAL BODY COVE SOFT TOP WHEELS INTERIOR
Tuxedo Black 1,268 Sateen Silver – 386 Blue, Black, White Black Blue, Black, Red, Tq
Tasco Turquoise 635 Ermine White – 383 Blue, Black, White Turquoise Black, Turquoise
Horizon Blue 766 Ermine White – 359 Blue, Black, White Blue Blue, Black, Red
Honduras Maroon 1,202 Ermine White – 572 Blue, White Maroon Black
Roman Red 1,529 Ermine White – 779 Blue, White Red Black, Red
Ermine White 3,717 Sateen Silver – 488 Blue, Black, White White Black, Turquoise
Sateen Silver 989 Ermine White – 280 Blue, Black, White Silver Black, Turquoise
Cascade Green 140 Ermine White – 65 Blue, Black, White Green Black

1960 C1 Corvette

Exterior Color Templates

Interior Color Templates

1960 C1 Corvette Powertrain Specifications

Description 4-barrel Carb Dual Carb Dual Carb w. Special Cam Fuel Injection
Fuel Inj w. Special Cam
Name Standard RPO 469 RPO 469C RPO 579 RPO 579D
Type: 90 V 90 V 90 V 90 V 90 V
Number of Cylinders 8 8 8 8 8
Displacement (cid): 283 283 283 283 283
Horsepower (gross @ rpm): 230hp @ 4,800 245hp @ 5,000 270hp @ 6,000 275hp @ 5,200 315hp @ 6,200
Torque (lbs.-ft. @ rpm): 300 @ 3,000 300 @ 3,800 285 @ 4,200 305 @ 4,400 295 @ 4,700
Bore Spacing (C/L to C/L) 4.4 inches 4.4 inches 4.4 inches 4.4 inches 4.4 inches
Bore x stroke (in.): 3.875 x 3.00 3.875 x 3.00 3.875 x 3.00 3.875 x 3.00 3.875 x 3.00
Redline (rpm):
Compression ratio: 9.5:1 9.5:1 9.5:1 11.0:1 11.0:1
Idle Speed (RPM) 475 in neutral w/3-speed 475 in neutral w/3-speed 475 in neutral w/3-speed 475 in neutral w/3-speed 475 in neutral w/3-speed
Engine Weight (Dry)
  Automatic
  Manual 550 550 550 550 550
Firing Order: 18436572 18436572 18436572 18436572 18436572
Cylinder Number System;
  Left Bank: 1-3-5-7 1-3-5-7 1-3-5-7 1-3-5-7 1-3-5-7
  Right Bank: 2-4-6-8 2-4-6-8 2-4-6-8 2-4-6-8 2-4-6-8
Recommended Fuel: 94-96 Premium Octane 94-96 Premium Octane 94-96 Premium Octane 94-96 Premium Octane 94-96 Premium Octane
EPA – Four-Speed Manual
Transmission – Average:

Carburetor Engine Component Specifications

Description Standard 230hp RPO 469 245hp RPO 469C 270hp
Upper Compression Ring:
  Material Cast alloy iron Cast alloy iron Cast alloy iron
  Width .184 — .194 .184 — .194 .184 — .194
  Thickness .0775 — .0780 .0775 — .0780 .0775 — .0780
  Gap .010 — .020 .010 — .020 .010 — .020
  Ring Clearance .0012 — .0017 .0012 — .0017 .0012 — .0017
Valve Springs:
  Length & Pressure
     Valve closed 1.696@ 69 — 79 lb. 1.696@ 69 — 79 lb. 1.696@ 69 — 79 lb.
     Valve open 1.306@ 159 — 169 lb. 1.306@ 159 — 169 lb. 1.306@ 159 — 169 lb.
     Free length 2.08 2.08 2.08
  Damper:
     Number of coils 3.874 — 4.12 3.874 — 4.12 3.874 — 4.12
     Free length 2.00 2.00 2.00
Tappets:
  Type Hydraulic Hydraulic Hydraulic
  Material Steel Steel Steel
Carburetor:
  Make Carter Carter Carter
  Model 3756676 or 3779178
     front 3744002 3741089
     rear 3744004 3741090
  Type 4 barrel, down-draft 4 barrel 4 barrel
  Choke Automatic Automatic Automatic
Camshaft:
  Ramp inlet
     Opening .00474, 10° long .00474, 10° long .0067, 18° long
     Closing .00670, 15° long .00670, 15° long .0067, 18° long
  Ramp exhaust
     Opening .00474, 10° long .00474, 10° long .0107, 29° long
     Closing .00670, 15° long .00670, 15° long .0107, 29° long
  Tappet Lift
     Inlet .26581 .26581 .2625
     Exhaust .26581 .26581 .2625
  Valve lift
     Inlet  0.3987 0.3987 0.39375
     Exhaust  0.3987 0.3987 0.39375
 Valve lash (normal driving)
     Inlet Zero Zero .012 hot
     Exhaust Zero Zero .018 hot
  Timing Diagram Data:
     Inlet
       Opens (theoretical) 12° 30′ BTC 12° 30′ BTC 35° BTC
       Closes (theoretical) 57° 30′ ABC 57° 30′ ABC 72° ABC
     Exhaust
       Opens (theoretical) 54° 30′ BBC 54° 30′ BBC 76° BBC
       Closes (theoretical) 15° 30′ ATC 15° 30′ ATC 31° ATC
  Type Semi-centrifugal Semi-centrifugal Semi-centrifugal
Air Cleaner:
  Make and Type AC oil wetted  AC oil bath  AC oil bath
  Capacity  –  1 Pint  1 Pint
  Filter Element Aluminum wire cactus fiber  cactus fiber
Oil Filter:
  Make AC, Full flow AC, Full flow AC, Full flow
  Capacity (Quartz) 1 1 1
Dual Exhaust System:
  Muffler Type Diffusion & resonance,
reverse flow
Diffusion & resonance,
reverse flow
 Diffusion & resonance,
reverse flow
  Body Size 24×4.06 24×4.06 24×4.06
  Manifold Center take down each branch serving two cylinders Center take down each branch serving two cylinders Center take down each branch serving two cylinders
  Exhaust Pipe Size O.D 2.0 2.0 2.0
  Tall Pipe I.D 1.87 1.87 1.87
  Suspension Individual, rubber insulated
mountings.
Individual, rubber insulated
mountings.
Individual, rubber insulated
mountings.
Fuel System:
  Fuel Tank Two stamped pans
seam welded
Two stamped pans
seam welded
Two stamped pans
seam welded
 Capacity (gallons) 16.4 16.4 16.4
  Mounting   Support by two straps attached to underbody behind seat Support by two straps attached to underbody behind seat Support by two straps attached to underbody behind seat
  Filler In body left side, to rear of driver’s door In body left side, to rear of driver’s door In body left side, to rear of driver’s door
Cooling System:
  Radiator core
     Make Harrison Harrison Harrison
     Type Cellular Cellular Cellular
  Size .20x.560 x 2.00 .20x.560 x 2.00 .20x.560 x 2.00
  Frontal Area (sq. in) 340 340 340
  Capacity 16.5 qts. with heater 16.5 qts. with heater 16.5 qts. with heater

Fuelie (Fuel Injected) Engine Component Specifications

Description (RPO 579 275hp) (RPO 579D 315hp)
Upper Compression Ring:
  Material Cast alloy iron Cast alloy iron
  Width .184 -.194 .184 – .194
  Thickness 0775 – .0780 0775 – .0780
  Gap .010 – 0.020 .010 – 0.020
  Ring Clearance .0012 – .0017 .0012 – .0017
Valve Springs:
  Length & Pressure
     Valve closed 1.696@ 69 — 79 lb 1.696@ 69 — 79 lb
     Valve open 1.306@ 159 — 169 lb. 1.306@ 159 — 169 lb.
     Free length 2.08 2.08
  Damper:
     Number of coils 3.874 — 4.12 3.874 — 4.12
     Free length 2.00 2.00
Tappets:
  Type Hydraulic Hydraulic
  Material Steel Steel
Manifold assembly, inlet:
  Material Cast aluminum Cast aluminum
Fuel:
  System Fuel Injection Fuel Injection
  Make Rochester Products Rochester Products
Fuel Filter:
  Make AC AC
  Model GF43 GF43
  Location Mounted on engine top cover Mounted on engine top cover
Camshaft:
  Ramp inlet
     Opening .00474, 10° long .00474, 10° long
     Closing .00670, 15° long .00670, 15° long
  Ramp exhaust
     Opening .00474, 10° long  .0107, 29° long
     Closing .00670, 15° long .0107, 29° long
  Tappet Lift
     Inlet .26581 .2625
     Exhaust .26581 .2625
  Valve Lift
     Inlet .3987 .39375
     Exhaust .3987 .39375
  Valve lash (normal driving)
     Inlet Zero .008 hot
     Exhaust Zero .018 hot
  Timing Diagram Data:
     Inlet
       Opens (theoretical) 12° 30′ BTC 35° BTC
       Closes (theoretical) 57° 30′ ABC 72° ABC
     Exhaust
       Opens (theoretical) 54° 30′ BBC 76° BBC
       Closes (theoretical) 15° 30′ ATC 31° ATC
Air Cleaner:
  Make AC AC
  Type Dry Dry
  Filter Element Paper Paper
Oil Filter:
  Make AC, Full flow AC, Full flow
  Capacity (Quartz) 1 1
Dual Exhaust System:
  Muffler Type Diffusion & resonance, reverse flow Straight thru
  Body Size 24×4.06
  Manifold Center take down each branch serving two cylinders
  Exhaust Pipe Size O.D 2.0
  Tall Pipe I.D 1.87
  Suspension Individual, rubber insulated
mountings.
Fuel System:
  Fuel Tank Two stamped pans seam welded Two stamped pans seam welded
  Capacity (gallons) 16.4 16.4
  Mounting   Support by two straps attached to underbody behind seat Support by two straps attached to underbody behind seat
  Filler In body left side, to rear of driver’s door In body left side, to rear of driver’s door
Cooling System:
  Radiator core
     Make Harrison Harrison
     Type Cellular Cellular
  Size .20x.550 x 2.00 .22x.550 x 2.00
  Frontal Area (sq. in) 340 316.54
  Capacity 16.5 qts. with heater 16.5 qts. with heater

Manual Transmission / Gear Ratios

3-Speed Close Ratio 4-Speed (RPO 685)
1st Gear: 2.21:1 2.20:1
2nd Gear: 1.32:1 1.66:1
3rd Gear: 1.00:1 1:31:1
4th Gear: N/A 1.00:1
Reverse: 2.51:1 2.26:1

 

Clutch
Type semi-centrifugal, coil spring
Number of coil springs 9
Spring Pressure (lbs) 1620 Initial
Drive Lug
Lining area (sq. in.) 90.72
Rated Torque capacity (lb. ft) 326

Powerglide Automatic Transmission RPO 313/ Gear Ratios

Drive 1.82-1.00:1
Low 1.82:1
Reverse 1.82:1

1960 Corvette Brakes, Wheels & Suspension

Suspension – Front

Unitized, Independant, Short and Long Arm

Front Springs: Chevrolet, coil
  Make & Type Chrome alloy steel .547 — .550
  Material & Gauges Total 9.75; active 7.94
  Number of Coils Outside 4.30; pitch 3.752
  Diameter Free 13.45; working 9.62@ 1245 lb.
  Height 9.72
  Height Under Curb Weight 800 lb.
  Capacity At Ground
  Deflection Rate
     At Spring 300 lb.
     At Wheel 110 lb.
Front Shock Absorbers:
  Make & Type Delco, direct double acting
  Mounting Vertically from lower control arm through coil spring to front suspension crossmember
  Model Number 538F
  Valve Code 3.5G6/axr/P 1.25
  Piston Diameter and Travel 1.00×4.68

Suspension – Rear

Outrigger mounted semi-elliptical leaf springs

Rear Springs:
  Make & Type Chevrolet, semi-elliptic
  Material Alloy steel
  Length & Width 51×2.0
  Spring Slips Clinch type = 3, Bolt type = 1, Total = 4
  Number of Leaves 4
  Leaf Thickness Number 1 & 3 = .282, Number 2 = .313, Number 4 = .262, Total = 1.159
  Capacity At pad = 575 lb., At ground = 725 lb.
Rear Shock Absorbers:
  Make & Type Delco, direct double acting
  Mounting Stem attached to slotted holes in flanged “U” shaped rear crossmember, eye attached at bottom to an anchor bolt on rear spring “U” bolt and shock absorber anchor bolt plate
  Model Number 560P
  Valve Code 4D6/oxh/j 1.25
  Piston Diameter and Travel 1.0 x 7.44
1960 C1 Corvette1960 Corvette Exterior Dimensions
1960 C1 Corvette Dimensions - Hardtop

Exterior Dimensions Hardtop
Wheelbase: 102 Inches
Overall Length: 177.2 Inches
Total Body Width: 72.8 Inches
Overall Height: 51.5 Inches
Front Track Width: 57 Inches
Rear Track Width: 59 Inches
Min. Ground Clearance 5.9 Inches

 

Interior Dimensions Hardtop
Headroom: 35.1 Inches
Shoulder Room: 49.4 Inches
Hip Room: 59.6 Inches
Leg Room: 45.1 Inches

1960 C1 Corvette Dimensions - Softop

Exterior Dimensions Softtop
Wheelbase: 102 Inches
Overall Length: 177.2 Inches
Total Body Width: 72.8 Inches
Overall Height: 51.6 Inches
Front Track Width: 57 Inches
Rear Track Width: 59 Inches
Min. Ground Clearance 5.9 Inches

 

Interior Dimensions Softtop
Headroom: 35.3 Inches
Shoulder Room: 49.4 Inches
Hip Room: 59.6 Inches
Leg Room: 45.1 Inches
Capacities Specs
Passenger Capacity: 2 Passengers
Curb Weight (LBS/KG):
  Manual 2,985 (3-speed)
  Automatic 3,090
Interior Passenger Volume (cu.ft):
Interior Trunk Volume (cu. ft): 4.474
Fuel Capacity (gallons): 16.4
Engine Oil Capacity (qts.): 5 (capacity of crankcase less filter – refill)
Coolant Capacity (qts.): 16.5 (with heater)
Battery: 12 volt, 54-plate, 53AH, Delco 1980458

1960 Corvette Brakes & Wheels

Brakes:
Type: Servo – 4 Wheel Hydraulic (Heavy Duty, RPO 684 Optional)
Power brake type: None
Drum diameter, front (in.): 11
Drum diameter, rear (in.): 11
Effective area (sq. in.): 157 (Heavy Duty 108)

 

Wheels/Tires
Wheel Type (Standard): Short Spoke Disk, Pressed Steel
Tire Size 6.70 — 15 — 4 Ply Tubeless (standard), 6.70 — 15 — 4 Ply Whitewall
Front & Rear Wheels: 15″
Tires, type: Rayon Cord
Revolutions at 30mph: 760
Inflation (cold) 24 lbs. Front & Rear

 

Steering
Type: Semi-reversible recirculating ball
Make: Saginaw
Ratio: 16.0:1
Wheel Diameter (in): 17
Turns, Stop to Start 3.7
Turn Diameter (curb to curb) 36.5 ft. right — 37 ft. left (outside front), 38.5 ft. right — 39 ft. left (outside front)

1960 C1 Corvette

1960 Corvette Performance

Performance Results Standard RPO 469 RPO 469C RPO 579 RPO 579
3-Speed Transmission
Performance weight (lbs.) 3285 3270 3265 3285 3280
Pounds/gross horsepower 14.28 13.35 12.09 11.95 10.38
Pounds/cu.in. piston displacement 11.61 11.55 11.54 11.61 11.55
 Gross horsepower/cu.in. displacement .813 .866 .954 .972 1.113
 Power displacement (cu.ft./mile) 230.3 230.3 230.3 230.3 230.3
Displacement factor (cu.ft./mile) 140.2 140.9 141.1 140.2 140.9
 0 – 60 mph (seconds)
 Top Speed (mph)
Powerglide Transmission
 Performance weight (lbs.) 3380 2270
 Pounds/gross horsepower 14.70 13.76
 Pounds/cu.in. piston displacement 11.94 11.91
 Gross horsepower/cu.in. displacement .813 .866
 Power displacement (cu.ft./mile) 220.9 220.9
 Displacement factor (cu.ft./mile) 130.7 131.1
 0 – 60 mph (seconds)
 Top Speed (mph)
 4-Speed Transmission
Performance weight (lbs.) 3295 3280 3275 3295 3280
Pounds/gross horsepower 14.33 13.39 12.13 11.98 10.41
Pounds/cu.in. piston displacement 11.64 11.59 11.57 11.64 11.59
Gross horsepower/cu.in. displacement .813 .866 .954 .972 1.113
Power displacement (cu.ft./mile) 230.3 230.3 230.3 230.3 230.3
 Displacement factor (cu.ft./mile) 139.8 140.4 140.6 139.8 140.4
 0 – 60 mph (seconds) 8.4
Top Speed (mph) 124

(0 – 60 and top speed times courtesy of * – Corvette – An American Classic, 1978

See Also 

C1 ’53 54 ’55 ’56 ’57 ’58 ’59 ’60 ’61 ’62
Gen C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7

1960 Corvette Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN)

VIN Range 00867S100001 – 00867S110261
0 (First Digit) General Motors identification/series code for Chevrolet Corvette.
S (Sixth Digit) Location of the Assembly Plant.  S – St. Louis, Missouri.
1XXXXX (Seventh thru Twelfth Digits) Production Sequence Numbers (or Unit Number).

The last six digits begin at 100001 and run thru 110261, accounting for each of the 10,261 Corvettes built in 1960. Each Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is unique to an individual car. For all 1960 Corvettes, the location of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is located on the steering column in the engine compartment.

The 1960 Corvette is the first year that did not feature the VIN tag in the door jamb (as with all previous models). It is also the first year Corvette that included a VIN that was in excess of ten digits. The VIN is also stamped on several locations on the Corvette frame.

1960 C1 Corvette VIN 1960 C1 Corvette VIN

1960 Corvette Factory Options

CODE DESCRIPTION QUANTITY RETAIL PRICE
867 Base Corvette Convertible 10,261 $3,875.00
101 Heater 9,808 $102.25
102 AM Radio, signal seeking 8,166 $137.75
107 Parking Brake Alarm 4,051 $5.40
108 Courtesy Lights 6,774 $6.50
109 Windshield Washers 7,205 $16.15
121 Temperature Controlled Radiator Fan 2,711 $21.55
261 Sunshades 5,276 $10.80
276 Wheels, 15 x 5.5 (5) 246 $0.00
290 Whitewall Tires, 6.70 x 15 9,104 $31.55
313 Powerglide Automatic Transmission 1,766 $199.10
419 Auxiliary Hardtop 5,147 $236.75
426 Power Windows 544 $59.20
440 Two-Tone Paint Combination 3,312 $16.15
469 283ci, 245HP Engine (2×4 Carburetors) 1,211 $150.65
469C 283ci, 270HP Engine (2×4 Carburetors) 2,364 $182.95
473 Power Operated Folding Top 512 $139.90
579 283ci, 275HP Engine (Fuel Injection) 100 $484.20
579D 283ci, 315HP Engine (Fuel Injection) 759 $484.20
675 Positraction Rear Axle 5,231 $43.05
685 4-Speed Manual Transmission 5,328 $188.30
686 Metallic Brakes 920 $26.90
687 Heavy Duty Brakes and Special Steering 119 $333.60
1408 Blackwall Tires, 6.70 x 15 Nylon $15.75
1625A 24 Gallon Fuel Tank $161.40

Base Corvette Roadster (867)

  • The base price of the 1960 Chevrolet Corvette without any optional equipment.
  • This base option price included a 283 cubic inch, 230 horsepower V8 engine, 3-speed manual transmission, vinyl interior trim, and a soft top.

Heater (101)

  • An interior space/ cockpit heater.

AM Radio, signal seeking (102)

  • A standard Delco, signal seeking AM radio with conventional volume and selector bars.

Parking Brake Alarm (107)

  • A warning light that illuminates/ indicates when the parking brake is applied.

Courtesy Lights (108)

  • Interior lights mounted on the interior of the car to aid in visibility when outside lighting is unavailable.

Windshield Washers (109)

  • A washer pump and dispensing nozzle mechanism that dispenses cleaner onto the windshield.
  • The optional 1960 washer reservoir is mounted on the left side for all carbureted engines and on the right side for all fuel injected engines.  Right side mounted reservoirs are protected by a heat shield.

Temperature Controlled Radiator Fan (121)

  • A thermostatically controlled clutch that disengages the radiator fan during engine operation.
  • This feature allowed for increased horsepower and better fuel efficiency by disengaging the fan during “cool” engine operation.
  • Sunshades (261)
  • Also known as a sun visor, this fold down shade blocks sunlight during vehicle operation.
  • Included both driver and passenger sunshades.

Wheels, 15×5.5 (276)

  • Optional wheels that were one-half inch wider than stock.
  • Featured small, passenger car hubcaps instead of standard, full wheel disc covers.

Whitewall Tires (290)

  • Original tires were either U.S. Royal Air Ride, B.G. Goodrich Silvertown or Firestone Deluxe Champion.
  • All tires were wide-whitewall type, with whitewall widths varying from 2.5 to 3 inches.

Powerglide Automatic Transmission (313)

  • An “optional” two-speed automatic transmission developed by GM.

Auxiliary Hardtop (419)

  • An optional hard-top that replaced the standard convertible top.
  • Although the Auxiliary Hardtop is shown as an option, customers could swap the convertible top for the auxiliary hardtop at no additional cost.
  • Of the 5,147 Corvettes sold with this option,  1,641 of them were the result of this substitution.

Power Windows (426)

  • Electronically controlled windows which could be raised or lowered during vehicle operation.

Two-Tone Paint Combination (440)

  • A second, optional paint color that was used to highlight the bodyside coves.
  • A total of 3,312 Corvettes featured the two-tone paint scheme in 1960. Of these, 779 were painted Roman Red/White, 572 were painted Honduras Maroon/White, 488 were painted Ermine White/Silver, 383 were painted Tasco Turquoise/White, 386 were painted Tuxedo Black/Silver, 359 were painted Horizon Blue/White, 280 were painted Sateen Silver/White, and 65 were painted Cascade Green/White.

283 CI, 245 HP Engine (2×4 Carburetors) (469)

  • A “high output” version of the standard 283 CI, 230 HP engine.
  • 1,211 of the 1960 Corvettes were built with this engine.

283 CI, 270 HP Engine (2×4 Carburetors) (469C)

  • A “high output” version of the standard 283 CI, 230 HP engine.
  • 2,364 of the 1960 Corvettes were built with this engine.

Power Operated Folding Top (473)

  • Electronically controlled convertible top that could be automatically raised/lowered.
  • Unlike the 1953-1955 Corvette Roadsters, which had an optional top that could be attached to the car, this convertible top was an integral part of the design, allowing the 1960 Corvette to be classified as a true convertible.

283 CI, 250 HP Engine (Fuel Injected) (579)

  • A “high output” version of the standard 283 CI, 230 HP engine.
  • 100 of the 1960 Corvettes were built with this engine.

283 CI, 290 HP Engine (Fuel Injected) (579D)

  • A “high output” version of the standard 283 CI, 230 HP engine.
  • 759 of the 1960 Corvettes were built with this engine.

Positraction Rear Axle (675)

  • A “limited slip” rear axle that engages both rear wheels as drive wheels.
  • For 1960, RPO 675 required that the Corvette have a manual transmission.
  • Of the total 5,231 Corvettes built with this option, 1,548 had a 3.70:1 ratio, 3,226 had a 4.11:1 ratio, and 457 had a 4.56:1 ratio.

4-Speed Manual Transmission (685)

  • An optional four-speed, close ratio, syncromesh manual transmission.
  • This option included a “T” handle with positive reverse lockout.

Metallic Brakes (686)

  • Optional sintered-metallic brake linings which increases braking effectiveness.
  • They comprised of three pairs of lining segments that were riveted to the primary brake shoes and five pairs of slightly thicker segments for the secondary shoes.
  • Drums were finless with this option but were flared at their open ends to enhance cooling.
  • The sintered linings made braking less harsh than the Cerametallic material and needed far less warming up to provide maximum braking effectiveness.
  • They were developed by GM’s Delco-Moraine Division.

Heavy Duty Brakes and Special Steering (687)

  • This option was designed to increase brake and steering performance and included the following:
  • Special front and rear shocks
  • Air scoops/deflectors for front brakes and air scoops for rear brakes
  • Metallic brake facings
  • Finned brake drums with cooling fans
  • Quick steering adaptor
  • Required: RPO469C or RPO 589D, RPO 675, and manual transmission

Blackwall Tires, 6.70×15 Nylon (1408)

  • Optional black sidewall tires to replace the standard white sidewall.

24 Gallon Fuel Tank (1625A)

  • Special fiberglass fuel tank that allowed for greater fuel mileage by reducing weight.
  • Replaced standard tank.
  • Available only with the removable hardtop (due to spacing limitations created because of the increased storage space

1960 Corvette Dealers Sales Brochure

1960 Corvette Dealers Sales Brochure

Download this 1960 Corvette Dealers Sales Brochure for a quick look at the features of the car.

Download 1960 Corvette Dealers Sales Brochure

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C1 ’53 54 ’55 ’56 ’57 ’58 ’59 ’60 ’61 ’62
Gen C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7

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