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1959 Chevrolet Corvette
The 1959 Corvette boasted a new sporty image.

1959 Chevrolet Corvette

The Corvette got a stream-lined clean-up for 1959. With the loss of its simulated louvers and twin deck lid chrome strips on the hood the Corvette boasted a more clean, sporty image as it racked up victories on the race track.

 

 

 

 

 

1959 Chevrolet Corvette Production Numbers

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Corvette
J 67 2 Dr Convertible $3,875 2,912 lbs 9,670

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Lenght Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Corvette 102 in 177.2 in 72.8 in 57 in 59 in 6.70 x 15

VIN Numbers

Serial Numbers were stamped on a plate on the left front door hinge pillar (center pillar on Corvair and on the driver-side door post on Corvette). The Fisher Body number plate on the right-hand side of the cowl gives additional information such as the body style number, the production sequence number, the trim (upholstery) number code and the paint number code.
First Symbol - Model & Series
A - Biscayne/Brookwood 1100 Series (6-Cyl.) F - Impala/Nomad 1800 Series (V-8)
B - Biscayne/Brookwood 1200 Series (V-8) G - Sedan Delivery or El Camino (6-Cyl.)
C - Bel Air/Parkwood/Kingswood 1500 Series (6-Cyl.) H - Sedan Delivery or El Camino (V-8)
D - Bel Air/Parkwood/Kingswood 1600 Series (V-8) J - Corvette
E - Impala/Nomad 1700 Series (6-Cyl.)  
Second & Third Symbol - Model Year
59 - 1959
Fourth Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Atlanta, Georgia (L) Los Angeles, California
(B) Baltimore, Maryland (N) Norwood, Ohio
(F) Flint, Michigan (O) Oakland, California
(G) Pontiac, Michigan (S) St. Louis, Missouri
(J) Janesville, Wisconsin (T) Tarrytown, New York
(K) Kansas City, Missouri (W) Willow Run, Michigan
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001

1959 Chevrolet Corvette Options

Code Description Price
101 Heater $102.25
102 Signal Seeking AM Radio $149.80
107 Parking Brake Alarm $5.40
108 Courtesy Lights $6.50
109 Windshield Washers $16.15
121 Radiator Fan Clutch $21.55
261 Sunshades $10.80
1408 6.70 x 15 Black Sidewall Tires $15.75
125A 24 Gallon Fuel Tank $161.40
276 15 x 5.5 Wheels No Charge
290 6.70 x 15 White Sidewall Tires $31.55
685 4-Speed Manual Transmission $188.30
313 Powerglide Transmission $199.10
419 Auxiliary Hardtop $236.75
426 Power Windows $59.20
440 Two-Tone Paint $16.15
473 Power Operated Folding Top $139.90
675 Positraction Rear Axle $48.45
684 Heavy-Duty Brakes & Suspension $425.05
686 Metallic Brakes $26.90
469 283-cid/245-hp V-8 $150.65
469C 283-cid/270-hp V-8 $182.95
579 283-cid/250-hp V-8 $484.20
579D 283-cid/290-hp V-8 $484.20

1959 Chevrolet Corvette Engine Options

Location Of Engine Code: Stamped on the block in front of the right hand cylinder head.

Letter Code Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission Carburetor
CQ 8-283 230 300 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
CR 8-283 250 305 3 & 4-Speed Manual Fuel Injection
CS 8-283 315 295 3 & 4-Speed Manual Fuel Injection
CT 8-283 245 300 3 & 4-Speed Manual 2 - 4 BC
CU 8-283 270 285 3 & 4-Speed Manual 2 - 4 BC
DG 8-283 230 300 Powerglide 4 BC
DH 8-283 250 305 Powerglide Fuel Injection
DJ 8-283 245 300 Powerglide 2 - 4 BC

Transmission Codes

Transmission Location
3-Speed Manual Stamped on rear face of upper right corner
3-Speed Manual (close-ratio) Stamped on rear face of upper right corner
4-Speed Manual Stamped on boss on lower left side of case just below side cover.
Powerglide Stamped on the bottom of oil pan
Corvette 2-Speed Powerglide Not Available
Plant and Type Designation Prefix Plant Transmission Type
W Warner Gear 4-Speed
S Saginaw 3-Speed, Overdrive*
C Cleveland Powerglide

*Overdrive distinguished from 3-Speed by physical appearance only. The above transmissions will carry a production code number such as: S304 (S = Saginaw 3-Speed, 3 = March, 04 = 4th.)

1959 Chevrolet Corvette Exterior Paint Codes

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

502 - Frost Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 2925L
Dulux® Code - 181-92716

508 - Classic Cream
Lucite® Code - 2924L
Dulux® Code - 93-92459

504 - Crown Sapphire Metallic
Lucite® Code - 2930L
Dulux® Code - 181-92945

509 - Inca Silver Metallic
Lucite® Code - 2436L

506 - Roman Red
Lucite® Code - 2931LH
Dulux® Code - 93-93037H

510 - Snowcrest White
Lucite® Code - 2924L
Dulux® Code - 93-92459
NOTES: Color Combination Numbers are on a plate on the right side of the dash panel, under the hood, immediately below the heater water control valve (Ranco Valve).

1959 Chevrolet Corvette Cove Colors

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image
509 - Inca Silver Metallic See Code 509 510 - Snowcrest White See Code 510

1959 Chevrolet Corvette Interior Paint Codes

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

Red
Duco® Code - 2967H

Not Available Turquoise Metallic
Duco® Code - 92945
Not Available
Blue Metallic
Duco® Code - 92808
Not Available  

Axle Codes

Location Of Axle Codes: The axles for Chevrolet will be built by Chevrolet Buffalo, Chevrolet Gear and Axle, Buick, Oldsmobile, and McKinnon. Divisional Manufacturer code letters will be metal stamped on the axle tube adjacent to the carrier for identification. Metal stamp on left rear axle tube on the rear side, letters and numerals 3/16 in. high, 3 in. outboard of carrier.

Codes - Non-Locking Codes - Locking Ratio Inspection Cover
AE   3.55 (std. lining) 12 Bolt
AH AN 3.70 (std. lining) 12 Bolt
FJ FK 3.70 (metallic lining) 12 Bolt
  AP 4.11 (std. lining) 12 Bolt
  FL 4.11 (metallic lining) 12 Bolt
  AQ 4.56 (std. lining) 12 Bolt
  FM 4.56 (metallic lining) 12 Bolt

 

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