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By 1961, Chevrolet’s first-generation Corvette had truly come of age. Retaining the body design launched for 1958 but simplified with reduced ornamentation, a cleaner grille, and a new rear treatment foreshadowing the 1963 Stingray, the 1961 Corvette remains one of the most aesthetically pleasing first-series cars. Despite the 1957 AMA racing ban, lead Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov and his team endowed the Corvette with a growing arsenal of race-proven components, with the American upstart proving itself with a class victory at Le Mans in 1960.
Racing success translated directly into growing sales, with the Corvette receiving a further boost from its starring role on the popular Route 66 TV series. Total Corvette sales reached 10,939 for 1961, the final year of availability for the 283 cid variant of Chevy’s renowned small-block engine.
Featuring attractive livery and refined design cues marking the Corvette’s transition from 1950s flamboyance to the more streamlined styling of the early 1960s, this 1961 example continues to benefit from an extensive restoration with work completed in the late 1990s. Over the years, the Corvette has been minimally used and regularly maintained, allowing the next owner to fully experience the performance of its "Dual-Quad” 283 cid V-8 engine and four-speed transmission.
Handsomely presented and blessed with clean styling to match, this 1961 Corvette Roadster is simply an extremely desirable example of “America’s Sports Car.”