Written by Nicole Ellan James
Transport yourself to the alluring glamour and timeless elegance of the early 1960s through the exquisite lens of this 1960 Chevrolet Corvette 283/270 convertible, resplendent in the captivating shade of Horizon Blue. A mere snapshot of a remarkable year: in 1960, a total of 10,261 Corvettes graced the roads. Among them, only 766 donned the mesmerizing Horizon Blue coat. This specific vehicle, born on May 6, 1960, in St. Louis, Missouri, captures the essence of a bygone era in automotive history.
Beneath the hood lies the heart of this Corvette ‒ a matching-numbers 283ci V8 engine kicking out 270 horsepower. This powerhouse underwent a thorough rebuild. Its performance is enhanced by the inclusion of two Carter WCFB 4-barrel carburetors, ensuring an optimal fuel-air mixture. The engine exhales through a high-performance exhaust system with a front crossover, and, to maintain a polished appearance, the rear tailpipes were discreetly extended through the rear split bumpers. This robust engine is seamlessly connected to a T10 4-speed transmission and a posi-traction rear axle, featuring 3.70 gears for an exhilarating drive.
From every vantage point, this Corvette exudes an aura of class, a living testament to its enduring design and the enchanting fusion of Horizon Blue with Ermine White coves. Adorning its silhouette is a pristine, brand-new white soft-top, proudly marked with the indelible stamp of April 1960. Every facet of its exterior has undergone a painstaking restoration or renewal, ensuring an appearance fit for the grandest of stages.
The front grille and front split bumpers harken back to the era, while a tasteful license plate frame and flawlessly crafted door handles add to its magnetic appeal. The cove trim and antenna serve as tributes to the pursuit of authenticity. Even the rear, with its meticulously restored taillight bezels, lenses and rear split bumpers, tells a story of care and attention. Everywhere you look, emblems are precisely positioned, underscoring the commitment to perfection. The pièce de résistance, however, lies in the quadruple T3 headlights, casting a timeless and luminous glow upon the road ahead.
Resting gracefully on its four corners are 15-inch blue-painted steel wheels adorned with classic spinner hubcaps. These wheels not only provide a harmonious complement to the car’s aesthetics but also ensure a perfectly balanced stance. They are elegantly wrapped in American Classic 6.70-R15 whitewall tires, marrying style with function. As a testament to the commitment to authenticity and attention to detail, an additional set of 15-inch blue-painted steel wheels stand at the ready. These come equipped with BFGoodrich Silvertown 6.70-15 4-ply whitewall tires, intended for those moments when every aspect of perfection is under scrutiny, ensuring that this Corvette leaves an indelible mark in any judging scenario.
A restoration has resurrected the interior in its original, factory-correct shade of Frost Blue, a choice that seamlessly harmonizes with the captivating exterior. This Frost Blue canvas is nothing short of stunning, creating a captivating visual synergy with the car’s matching exterior. The dash, padded and painted in this soothing blue hue, is home to the factory-fitted black gauges. The focal point, a three-spoke steering wheel, frames an expansive 160-mph speedometer and tachometer, invoking a sense of power and control. Within the cabin, two bucket seats await, offering comfort and support for any journey.
This original matching-numbers iconic American classic sports car from the MC CLASSIC CARS Collection is set to cross the block at the inaugural 2023 New Orleans Auction, taking place from September 28 to 30 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. With its breathtaking Horizon Blue exterior, this restored Corvette is a living embodiment of an era marked by unmatched style. Register to bid today for your chance to put this head-turning Corvette in your garage.
This original matching-numbers iconic American classic sports car from the MC CLASSIC CARS Collection is set to cross the block at the inaugural 2023 New Orleans Auction, taking place from September 28 to 30 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.