1960 Corvette

1960 Corvette Performance & Specifications

Powertrain, Steering, Brakes, Dimensions, & Suspension

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Chevrolet Introduced the Corvette in 1953

By the late 1950s, the infrastructure of the automotive industry had begun a transformation from the monopolistic business of a few, large, corporate giants to a much more competitive and highly segmented marketplace.

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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

1958 C1 Corvette Engine

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 [email protected] 69 — 79 lb. [email protected] 69 — 79 lb. [email protected] 69 — 79 lb.
     Valve open [email protected] 159 — 169 lb. [email protected] 159 — 169 lb. [email protected] 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 [email protected] 69 — 79 lb [email protected] 69 — 79 lb
     Valve open [email protected] 159 — 169 lb. [email protected] 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

1957 C1 Corvette Engine

1960 Corvette Car Dimensions

1960 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
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