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1961 Corvette Guide: History, Performance, Specs & More

The most pronounced of Mitchell’s changes was the introduction of a freshened rear end design. The “ducktail” design (as it has become known amongst Corvette enthusiasts) was virtually lifted from the Stingray race car as well as Mitchell’s XP-700 show car. From a practicality standpoint, the redesign of the rear end of the Corvette enabled an increase in available luggage space by twenty percent (20%).

1961 Corvette Special Editions

The Mako Shark Corvette was conceived and designed by Larry Shinoda under the direction of Bill Mitchell to provide GM’s VP of Design with a one-off concept/prototype intended to pre-showcase the as-yet-unreleased second-generation Corvette Sting Ray.

1961 Corvette Technical Research & Data

Dig into the numbers behind the 1961 Corvette and check out these hand-curated research papers and data-driven reports, including VIN information, production numbers, pricing/options, color samples, and more.

1961 Corvette Engines

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1961 Corvette Market & Sales Data

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1961 Corvette Restomod Sells for $352k at Mecum Poll any group of Corvette enthusiasts with the question “which is better, a C1 or a C7?” and you’ll get a split answer.  On one hand, you’ll have the purists who will argue that a 1961 Corvette is an iconic piece of...
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While there are some early C1 Corvettes out there that are exceedingly rare and prohibitively expensive, there are plenty of first-generation Corvettes - especially those between 1959 and 1961 - that are well within the range of most budgets.
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
Black and Beautiful The C1 Corvette is a truly beautiful machine, and anyone who loves Corvettes can appreciate Chevrolet’s first-generation of America’s Sports Car. The company was laying the groundwork for what was to come, and this 1961 Corvette Roadster is an excellent option. It’s currently for sale on consignment...
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1961 C1 Corvette RPO Codes, Options Codes & Order Guide If you are looking to decode your 1961 Corvette RPO’s (Regular Production Options), then check out the table below. We have included an easy to use search feature too for quickly finding specific RPO codes. The below table includes the...

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