Production Numbers: 10,261
Color Combinations: Tuxedo Black, Ermine White, Roman Red, Sateen Silver, Horizon Blue, Tasco Turquoise, Cascade Green, Honduras Maroon
Engine Type: 283 cu in (4.6 L) Small-block V8
Transmission: 3-speed close-ratio Synchro Mesh, 4-speed close-ratio Synchro Mesh, Powerglide special automatic transmission
Additional Stats: Red and blue bars were added to the dash logo, minor changes to the interior, vertical stitching added to the seats
Riding the success of the line’s previous years, the 1960 Corvette made little to no changes to the previous year’s model. These minor details were all aesthetic, for there was no need at the time to build on more. The Corvette was a success, both critically and commercially, so the focus was kept on building the brand’s identity, ensuring that the name Corvette remained a prominent part of the American consciousness. This was, after all, America’s sports car. And the consistently high production numbers correctly indicated that this title wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Among the most important features of the 1960 Corvette, this was the last year of molded tail lamps on the rear fenders and the heavy grill teeth. For the first time on the Corvette lineup, aluminum radiators, all fuel injection engines, and aluminum clutch housing made an appearance. These changes resulted in a vehicle eighteen pounds lighter and much more efficient than the previous year’s. The 1960 Corvette convertibles were a success that would welcome the line into a new decade for the first time.
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