Not much changed in terms of design from the 1959 to 1960 Corvette. Aluminum radiators were installed on 270 horsepower and 290 horsepower Corvettes, and new rear sway bars improved handling. The weight of the car was reduced by 18 pounds with the addition of new aluminum clutch housing.
Total 1960 Corvettes Built- 10,261- All Convertibles
For Performance- Corvette Engines are 283-cubic-inch displacement valve-in-head V8’s with 3.88″ bore and 3.0″ stroke. 230-H.P. Corvette V8 with 4-barrel carburetion, 9.5:1 compression ratio, hydraulic valve lifters, standard equipment. 245-H.P. Corvette V8 with twin 4-barrel carburetion, 9.5:1 compression ratio, hydraulic valve lifters. 275-H.P. Corvette V8 with Ramjet Fuel Injection 11:1 compression ratio, aluminum cylinder heads, hydraulic valve lifters. 270-H.P. shaft and high-speed valve system with special valves and mechanical valve lifters. All-aluminium cross-flow radiator included. 315-H.P Corvette V8 with Ramjet and high-speed valve system with special valves and mechanical valve lifters. All aluminum cross-flow radiator included.
All engines have independent operating mechanism for each valve. Precision-machined forged steel crankshaft, five main bearings. Full pressure lubrication system with full-flow oil filter. 12-volt electrical system. Engines precision balanced after assembly. Finned aluminum rocker covers on optional engines. Buffed aluminum oil-wetted type air cleaner (special paper element, tube intake type with Fuel Injection). Full dual exhaust system.
Choice of Transmissions- 3-Speed Close-ratio Synchro-mesh standard equipment. Ratios:2.21:1 low; 1.32:1 second; 1:1 third; 2.51:1 reverse; floor mounted gearshift. 4-Speed Close-Ratio Synchro-Mesh. (R.P.O 685) Ratios: 2.2:1 first; 1.66:1 second; 1.31:1 third; 1.1 fourth; 2.26:1 reverse with manually operated mechanism on floor mounted shift lever to prevent unintentional reverse engagement during shifting. Power glide Automatic (R.P.O. 313) available with 230-and 245- horsepower engines. Floor mounted range selector lever. CLUTCH. 10″ semi-centrifugal coil spring.
Power-Matched Rear Axles- Semi-floating hypoid. Standard Rear Axle Ratios:3.70:1 with 3-speed or 4-speed Synchro-Mesh; 3.55:1 with Powerglide. Positraction (R.P.O. 675) Rear Axle Ratios: choice of 3.70:1, 4.11:1 or 4.56:1 ratio with either 3-speed or 4-speed synchro-mesh.
Chassis- Box-girder, X-member reinforced frame. Independent coil spring front suspension with stabilizer bar. Rear suspension by radius rods and outrigger-mounted semi-elliptic leaf springs with stabilizer bar. Direct double action nitrogen bag shock absorbers. Unit-balanced tubular propeller shaft and universal joints. Full anti-friction steering gear and balanced linkage-21:1 overall ratio. Hydraulic 11-inch self-energizing brakes with fade-resistant, bonded linings. Mechanical parking brake on rear wheels. 16.4- gallon fuel tank. Black 6.70 x 15 4-ply rating Tyrex cord tubeless tires, white sidewall tires optional. Vented chrome wheel covers with simulated knock-off hubs.
Special Equipment For Sports Car Meets- R.P.O. 687-Special brakes with sintered-metallic facings, finned cast iron brake drums with built-in cooling fan, vented flange plates with air scoops, and fast steering adapter for 16.3:1 overall ratio. Used with Positraction rear axle, this equipment is available with 3-Speed or 4-Speed Synchro-Mesh and 270- or 315- H.P. engine. R.P.O. 686-Special sintered metallic brake linings available with 3-Speed or 4-Speed Synchro Mesh. F.O.A. 121- Temperature- controlled viscous drive fan. R.P.O. 276- Wide-base wheels with 5 1/2″ rims. L.P.O. 1408-Nylon cord tubeless tires, 6.70 x 15 4-ply rating.
Body Exterior- Fiber-glass reinforced plastic body-sculptured side panels. Magic-mirror acrylic lacquer finish in eight solid colors: Tuxedo Black, Ermine White, Roman Red, Sateen Silver, Horizon Blue, Tasco Turquoise, Cascade Green, Honduras Maroon. These colors are also available two-tone exteriors with color-keyed Sateen Silver or Ermine White in the sculpted side panels. Front hinged hood. Three unit front grille. Dual headlights in front fenders. Push button door handles and key lock. Cowl ventilator. Large luggage locker with spare wheel under floor. Concealed well for folding top behind seats. Choice of manually operated rubberized fabric folding soft top or easily removable plastic hardtop. Power-operating mechanism for folding soft top. Frame-mounted front and rear bumpers.
Interior Features- Interior colors in black, blue, red or turquoise keyed to exterior colors. Foam rubber padded all-vinyl trimmed bucket seats, individually adjustable. Safety belts. Long padded armrest on each door. Recessed safety reflectors in door sidewall panels. Crank-operated windows, power-operated optional. Vinyl-covered instrument panel. Passenger assist bar in instrumental panel cove with stowage bin below. Bright aluminum and vinyl sidewall trim. Carpeted floor, metal sills and step plates. Competition-type steering wheel. Speedometer, tachometer, ammeter. Fuel level oil pressure and coolant temperature gauges, starter-ignition switch, and light switch on instrument panel. Directional signals, cigarette lighter, outside and inside rear view mirrors, dual electric windshield wipers, electric clock. Ashtray and glove compartment with key lock located between seats. Transistorized radio, heater, parking brake alarm, courtesy light, right-and-left-hand sunshades and push button windshield washer also available.
Dimensions- Wheelbase. 102″. Overall length, 177.2″. Overall height: Soft top up, 51.6″; top down, 49.7″; hardtop, 51.5″. Height at door, 33.5″. Road clearance. 5.9″. Overall width, 72.8″. Tread: front, 57″; rear, 59″.