I always liked the look of a C1 with the hardtop as it just adds more color and definition to the car. This black 1961 Corvette was listed on Craigslist for $40,000 in the Pheonix, AZ area and we thought this would make a great boulevard cruiser for someone.
This Black Corvette Roadster was listed in the add as a true barn find and features a 283 ci V8 mated to a Powerglide transmission. The odometer shows 95,000 miles and the car also has a convertible soft top.
It sounds like the owner had to go through the car to get it back on the road as the new parts list sounds typical for a car that had been stored. Those parts include new fuel lines, brake lines, gas tank, brake drums, brake shoes, water pump and new tires.
Black Corvettes were chosen 1,340 times of the 10,939 produced in 1961. Black Corvette from the factory would have originally featured silver coves. At some time in this Corvette’s life, the coves where painted white with a black overlay on the quarter panels. We think a set of white-stripe tires would go well with the current paint scheme.
It’s clear that this Corvette could use some new paint, but it has that old-car patina that seems to add to the old-school character of the car. The red interior looks pretty clean with no rips or tears noted in the seats and door panels.
It’s a shame we can’t get a peek under the hood and lack of any engine photos always make me suspect that the seller may be hiding something. Without seeing the engine or the undercarriage, it would be hard to justify the $40,000 selling price.
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