1961 Chevrolet Corvette


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    72 000 mi / 115 873 km
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- Restored in 2007 and subsequently 'Best American Classic' concours winner at Beaulieu

- Detailed history file with numerous invoices for works carried out

- Lovely looking example of this all-time American classic

Now in its seventh generation, the 'Vette began life in 1953 with the C1 - a model that captivated a generation of American youngsters. It was the work of the legendary Harley Earl and inspired by the great European road/race offerings of the day. It borrowed its name - of French origin - from centuries of small, fast warships. The newcomer was first seen in concept form at the New York Auto Show, and generated sufficient interest for General Motors to hand-build a batch of 300 Polo White Convertibles. Sales, slow at first, had built to no less than 14,000 per annum by the introduction of the C2 10 years later. The C1 received multiple cosmetic updates along the way, the most significant of which came in 1958 when the nose was lengthened and dual headlights introduced. The model was initially only available with a straight-six powerplant, but soon progressed to V8 power units of varying horsepower with various transmission options.

According to notes contained in its detailed history file, this former show winner is powered by the 230 bhp 283 cu. in. V8 allied to a three-speed transmission. Restored in 2007 by the previous owner, the engine and gearbox were comprehensively overhauled, the paint stripped back to the fibreglass and the car repainted in eye-catching red with white coves. Parts were sourced from America including carpets and seat covers. Numerous invoices for works carried out accompany the car. Upon completion BMF 802 won 'Best American Classic' at Beaulieu before being added to the vendor's collection in 2012. Since acquisition, this true American icon has been used sparingly and presents extremely well. Offered with Swansea V5 document, it is expected to possess a fresh MoT by the sale.