JS in Kentucky submitted this Jewel Blue 1961 Corvette Roadster to Corvette Values:
1961 Corvette, VIN 10867S105XXX. Matching numbers 283 ci 245 hp dual quad engine, 4-speed transmission. 75,700 original miles. Jewel Blue/white coves with Black vinyl interior, white top, “nuts and bolts” restoration with $40K in receipts. Options include white wall tires and the AM radio (currently not working). Condition is excellent and all mechanicals work correctly. No documentation.
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1961 Corvette Roadster, VIN #10867S105XXX. The VIN indicates this Roadster was built in January 1961, the fifth production month of the 1961 Corvette.
The mileage is 75,700 which is stated to be correct.
This Corvette is Jewel Blue in color, the only year this color was available for Corvettes. It is a rare color with only 7.8% of the Corvettes built in the 1961 model year being painted this color. It has a contrasting Black vinyl interior and White canvas convertible top. It has excellent curb appeal with its White cove and White Wall tires with the correct wheel covers. In addition, all of the chrome trim and bumpers have been redone or replaced, all reflecting original equipment with no modifications.
The condition of this C1 Corvette is termed excellent. It has been restored and that work is substantiated by restoration receipts that total over $40,000.
The motor is an original 283-245 with dual carburetors. It is termed a matching numbers motor substantiated by the VIN # stamped on the engine block as well as a CT designation indicating it is powered by a 283-245 motor with manual transmission. This Corvette does have the 4-speed manual transmission and the original shifter. The production numbers for the 283-245 motor were 1,175 units made, or 11% of the 1961 Corvette production.
This Corvette has been inspected and the wipers, horn, head lights and turn signals are all in working order.
Options were few for the 1961 model year and this Corvette is equipped with the top three options, white wall tires, signal seeking AM radio and 4-speed manual transmission. The radio is original and correct, however, it is not working, a minor detail considering the overall condition of this Corvette.
The appraisal price of $65,000 for this 1961 Corvette Roadster takes into consideration the importance of the correct motor, the condition of the Corvette and restoration documents.
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