It’s not hard to find people who appreciate a first-generation Corvette, but this one transcends the casual enthusiasts to truly provide one of the finest C1 Corvettes that money can buy today. This ultra-rare 1960 Chevrolet Corvette is one of only 759 with the 290 hp fuel injection option. But just having the correct numbers-matching motor isn't enough. This car has been recently restored to NCRS 100% frame off nut & bolt factory condition to make sure that rarity and desirability go hand-in-hand. The top-flight restoration was performed by James Ranahan of the Corvette Bumper Club of Tampa, FL who's an NCRS senior judge and one of the best C1 Corvette restorers in the world.
This is the two-tone color that helped create an American icon. The Roman Red with Ermine White is legendary and is arguably the most iconic color combination of all C1 Corvettes. That’s why this convertible received such special attention during its frame-off restoration. That, and the fact that this car is reported to have been a one-owner New Mexico car it’s entire life before coming to Florida. The second owner started the frame-off restoration in early 2015 and it was just completed weeks ago to the highest standards. Recent personal events have prevented the current owner from entering the car into NCRS judging, but a car of this caliber has the potential to receive a PV and eventually a Duntov award.
The red bucket seat interior perfectly matches the exterior color to give this convertible a seamless appearance in the sunshine. Sitting behind this you get a great view of the full gauge package, including the special 6,300 RPM redline tach. The sea of red is broken up by plenty of nice brightwork especially around the correct AM radio, working clock, and manual transmission. Because you’ll want to be cruising with the top down for as long as possible, this restoration got everything right, including the heater.
While a superior restoration is what makes this desirable to onlookers, what will win you NCRS awards is what’s in the engine bay. This numbers-matching motor even has the correct Rochester injector unit (part #7017320). The top flight condition of this motor and its presentation with correct Corvette script valve covers, ram’s horn exhaust, and all those tidy belts, wires, and hoses makes this full package lustworthy to true Corvette enthusiasts. But don’t just look at the engine bay; take some time to see the undercarriage and restoration photos, too. You’ll understand the true level of investment it took to get this special ‘Vette so amazing. There’s even a photo book and multiple USB drives that will allow you to take everyone from friends to car show judges though the full frame-off restoration journey. The high-power fuelie rating on the ’60 cars meant you got the a manual transmission, and this one has the upgraded four-speed. Not only does that mean a much better shift ratio, but you’ve also got that extra gear for more comfortable road trips. The overall driving experience is an engine runs beautifully, gives a smart cackle from the twin tailpipes, and pulls through the gears like a freight train.
A fuelie C1 Corvette that has been expertly restored to all NCRS factory standards like this one is a rare opportunity that doesn’t come around very often. You even have plenty of documentation, including the owner’s manual to impress even the most discerning Corvette crowds. This car also has photo documentation to prove that all the correct factory paint markings were used during the restoration, as well as having all the correct factory overspray in the proper locations and upside down stencil markings on the chassis. This is, without doubt, one of the best 290HP C1 Corvettes in existence! Call today!!!