Any C1 Corvette is a treasure to find, and can usually fetch quite a pretty penny from those searching to get their hands on the first incarnation of what would be deemed America’s sportscar. This 1959 C1 Corvette is really no different, besides the fact $200,000 has been sunk into this particular build.
That’s a lot of money, but it shows there was no expense spared. This is a C1 Corvette for a different kind of buyer. It does keep a factory look, and it’s not quite a pro-touring build. What it is, though, is a gorgeous representation of someones’ hard work.
An extensive list of what has been done to the car could flood this space, so we’ll hit the major points here.
A 350 cubic-inch V8 sits under the hood bored .060 over, sending power through a TKO 600 five-speed manual transmission. The chassis as it sits is an Art Morrison piece of work, with front suspension work borrowed from a C5 Corvette. Finally, for stopping power, 13-inch Wilwood disc brakes sit at all for wheels. But, there’s plenty more to this build, which you can see here.
And if that color looks out of place on a Corvette from any generation, that’s because it really is. The current owner opted for BMW OEM Titanium Silver Metallic. It definitely helps the car pop with those subtle black splashes.
The real question is if the there is a buyer out there to match all of the work done to this 1959 Corvette. With so much work done to it, we’re sure the restorer will want to recoup his investment. Time will tell, as this 1959 C1 will cross the block in less than a week.