Chevrolet Corvette C1 1953-1962


May 2, 2013 By Mike Lee
Last updated on July 29, 2015
Chevrolet Corvette C1 (1953)
Country
USA
Top Speed (mph)
107
0-60 mph
11
1/4 mile
18
BHP
150 @4200rpm
Torque lbft
223 @2400rpm
BHP per ton
116
Engine capacity CC/CU
3859/235
Engine type
Straight 6 Carburetters x 3
Aspiration
Normal
Compression Ratio
8.0:1
Valve Type/No
Overhead 12
Transmission (manual/auto)
Automatic
No of speeds
2
Wheels driven
RWD
Brakes F/R
Drum/Drum
No. of Seats
2
Length (in)
167
Width (in)
72.2
Height (in)
52.1
Kerb Weight (lbs)
2851
Additional Info: First cars were available only with a “Blue Flame” straight 6 engine. All had a fibre glass body. 1955 saw the Straight 6 replaced with a V8 (see below).

 

Chevrolet Corvette C1 (1955)
Country
USA
Top Speed (mph)
117
0-50 mph
6.4
0-60 mph
8.7
1/4 mile
16.5
BHP
195 @5000rpm
Torque lbft
260 @2900rpm
BHP per ton
149
Engine capacity CC/CU
4344/265
Engine type
V8 Carburetters (4 bbl)
Aspiration
Normal
Compression Ratio
8.0:1
Valve Type/No
Overhead 16
Transmission (manual/auto)
Automatic
No of speeds
2
Wheels driven
RWD
Brakes F/R
Drum/Drum
No. of Seats
2
Length (in)
167
Width (in)
72.2
Height (in)
52.1
Kerb Weight (lbs)
2880
Additional Info: 1956 models had an increase to 210bhp and also got a 265cu with a 2x4bbl carb making 225bhp. 1957 models got an increase in engine size to a 283cu V8 with many options: 220bhp (4 bbl), 245bhp (2 x 4 bbl), 250bhp (fuel injection with auto), 270bhp (with another 2 x 4 bbl) and 283bhp (fuel injection with manual that did 0-60 in 5.7 secs and a 1/4 mile in 14.3 secs). 1958-60 pretty much the same as 1956 with one or two power increases for some of the engines. 1961’s top engine was now rated at 315bhp. 1962 now with 327cu V8’s rated at 250bhp, 300bhp and 340bhp and a 327cu with 360 bhp which gets to 60 in 5.9 secs and 1/4 mile in 14.9 secs.

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