Vintage Beauty - 1960 Chevrolet Corvette With Super Rare Option Gets Fully Restored

The first-generation Chevrolet Corvette may not be as powerful as some of its high-performance counterparts that rolled out in the 1960s, but it still holds a special place in the hearts of classic car enthusiasts.

Among the 1953 and 1955 models, the '53 stands out for being the first-ever Corvette and its rarity as only 300 units were produced. Despite the car's shortcomings like inconsistent quality control and an underpowered inline-six engine, collectors still gather at public auctions to bid on these timeless beauties.

The 1955 version is not quite as rare, at 700 units, but it's definitely scarce compared to the C1 Corvettes that followed. Moreover, it's the first 'Vette sold with a V8 engine, so they don't spend too much time on the classic car market once they become available. But that's not to say that all the other C1s built until 1962 are very common.

Sure, Chevrolet sold from 3,400 to as many as 14,500 units per year in the 1950s and early 1960s, but certain option combinations can turn any C1 into a rare gem. Take this 1960 example, for instance.

While it may look like a run-of-the-mill roadster finished in the highly popular Roman Red, this Corvette hides a super rare option under the skin. I'm talking about the power convertible top, an option that was added to only 512 units in 1960. That's only five percent of total Corvette production for the year.

But that's not all. The fact that it was also ordered with power windows and a white hardtop narrows it down to one of only 56 cars ordered in this exact configuration. The math probably doesn't include the color, so it's safe to assume that notably fewer were also painted Roman Red. It's incredible how a couple of check marks on the options list can turn a somewhat familiar classic into a rare rig.

Currently in the "Horsepower Warehouse" collection, which includes tens of Corvettes from the 1950s and 1960s, this roadster is a fully restored gem that shines like new inside and out. I'm not a fan of the all-black interior, but it's not a bad combo considering the model year.

Get ready to rev your engines! This 1960 Chevrolet Corvette is powered by a V8 engine, but the exact specs are a mystery for now. What we do know is that all 1960 Corvettes came with 283-cubic-inch (4.6-liter) small-block engines, ranging from a base version with 230 horsepower to a fuel-injected option with a whopping 315 horses.

Even the lowest horsepower option packs a punch in a car weighing under 3,000 pounds (1,361 kg). With its classic curves and timeless design, this Corvette is sure to turn heads wherever you go.

Check out the video below for a closer look!

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