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1959 Corvette Specifications

General
Wheelbase 102 in.
Track Frt/Rear 57 in. / 59 in.
Length 177.2 in.
Width 72.8 in.
Height 51.5 in.
Frontal Area 340 sq. in.
Ground Clearance 5.8 in.
Curb Weight 3,092 lbs.
Weight Dist. F/R 53%/47%
Fuel Capacity 16.4 gal.
Coolant Capacity 16.5 qt*
* = with heater

Chassis and Suspension
Frame: Welded box section side members, I-beam "X" member, box section, front and rear cross members.
Front Suspension: Unitized, independent, coil springs, wishbones, 13/16" diameter anti-roll bar.
Rear Suspension: Rigid axle housing, leaf springs, upper radius rods.

Engine Options & Specifications
  Base 469 469C 579 579D
Bore 3.87 3.87 3.87 3.87 3.87
Stroke 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00
Displacement 283 ci 283 ci 283 ci 283 ci 283 ci *
Compression Ratio 9.5:1 9.5:1 9.5:1 9.5:1 10.5:1
Horsepower 230 bhp @ 4,800 rpm 245 bhp @ 5,000 rpm 270 bhp @ 6,000 rpm 250 bhp @ 5,000 rpm 290 bhp @ 6,200 rpm
Torque 300 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm 300 lb-ft @ 3,800 rpm 285 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm 305 lb-ft @ 3,800 rpm 290 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Redline 5,300 rpm 5,300 rpm 6,300 rpm 5,300 rpm 6,300 rpm
Carburetion 1x4 bbl 2x4 bbl 2x4 bbl Fuel Inj. Fuel Inj.
Oil Capacity 6 qt. 6 qt. 6 qt. 6 qt. 6 qt.
Valvetrain hydraulic hydraulic mechanical hydraulic mechanical
* - Includes light alloy valves, distributor driven tachometer (Dist #1110914), straight through type mufflers.

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