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1960 C1 Chevrolet Corvette Model Guide

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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 its current form for a few more years.

From a sales standpoint, this seemed to sit just fine with GM executives, who had watched 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 same from 1959 to 1960, stay the same it did.  From a design standpoint at least, the 1960 Corvette is virtually indistinguishable from 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
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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 to 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, breaking 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

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 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

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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)

For all 1960 Corvettes, the location of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is located on the steering column in the engine compartment.

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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

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1960 Corvette Dealers Sales Brochure

You can download the 1960 Corvette Dealers Sales Brochure for a quick look at the features of the car.

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See Also 

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