Hershey

Hershey Lodge
6 - 7 October 2016
Lot 128

1959 Chevrolet Corvette

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$93,500 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Chassis No.
J59S105082
  • Freshly restored; practically zero miles
  • Beautiful and classic color combination
  • America’s Sports Car at its finest

230 bhp, 283 cu. in. V-8 engine with a single four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112 in.

Although the first series cars that were built from 1953 to 1955 introduced Corvette to the world, it was the second series, which debuted in 1956, that truly earned the title “America’s Sports Car.” The clean good looks of Harley Earl’s new body design clearly struck a chord with the American public, and the second generation quickly outsold the older models by a wide margin.

In 1958, the Chevrolet Corvette was both lengthened and widened, assuming what many of today’s enthusiasts believe to be its most desirable form. Zora Arkus-Duntov and Chevrolet Engineering dramatically altered the Corvette’s personality with a new focus on performance, including a growing line of powerful small-block V-8 engines and vastly improved handling. In turn, by 1959, Corvette production neared 10,000 units, proof positive that Chevrolet had carefully developed the car into a winner both on and off the track.

This beautiful ’59 Corvette has been freshly restored and has hardly been driven since completion. Finished in white with silver coves, a matching white soft-top, and over a red vinyl interior, the car presents exceptionally well throughout. The paint and chrome looks excellent and shows few, if any, blemishes or concerns. The interior presents as new with practically no wear, as expected for a car that has been driven practically zero mileage. Underhood is clean and nicely detailed, though the engine appears to be an unstamped replacement block. Ancillary equipment otherwise appears to be correct. Offered fresh from restoration, one would be hard pressed to find a nicer example of America’s Sports Car available today. Suitable for local shows and Corvette gatherings, this stunning ’59 Vette is ready for its next owner to drive and enjoy.