Chevrolet Corvette Service Repair Manuals


1959 CORVETTE

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The 1959 Corvette was the same as the 1958 except for minor improvements

V.I.N. NUMBERS

Position Character Description
1 J Corvette
2 & 3 59 1959
4 S Assembled in St. Louis, MO
5 to 10 100001 to 109670 production sequence
1 to 7 0001001 sequential production number
8 F or T Flint, MI or Tonawanda, NY
9 to 10 Carburetion and transmission
  • CQ = three-speed manual transmission
  • CR = three-speed manual transmission with fuel injection
  • CS = three-speed manual transmission, high lift camshaft, and fuel injection
  • CT = three-speed manual transmission and dual four-barrel carburetors
  • CU = three-speed manual transmission, high-lift camshaft and dual four-barrel carburetors
  • DG = Powerglide automatic transmission
  • DH = Powerglide automatic transmission and fuel injection
  • DJ = Powerglide automatic transmission and dual four-barrel carburetors

IDENTIFICATION

Series No. Body/Style No. Body Type Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
J800 867
1959 Corvette

1959 Corvette
2-dr. Roadster
2 passenger

$3875 2912 lb 9670

ENGINE

Feature Standard Engine Optional Engine Optional Engine Optional Engine Optional Engine
TypeV-8, Overhead valve
BlockCast iron block
Displacement283 cid
Bore & Stroke3.87 x 3.00
Compression ratio9.50:1 10.5:1
Brake horsepower 230 @ 4800 rpm 245 250 270 290
Main bearingfive
Carburetor Carter four-barrel Type WCFB Model 2816 Two four-barrel carbs Rochester fuel injection two four-barrel carbs Rochester fuel injection

TRANSMISSION

Standard Manual Transmission Optional Manual Transmission Automatic Transmission
Close-ratio three-speed manual all-synchromesh transmission with floor-mounted gear shifter Close-ratio four-speed manual all-synchromesh transmission with floor-mounted gear shifter Two-speed Powerglide transmission (optional)

CHASSIS

Wheelbase 102 inches (2.591 m)
Overall length 177.2 inches (4.501 m)
Overall width 72.8 inches (1.849 m)
Overall height 51.6 inches (1.318 m)
Front tread 57 inches (1.448 m)
Rear tread 59 inches (1.499 m)
Frame Welded steel box-section X-braced type
Ground Clearance 6 inches (15 cm)
Wheels 15" steel bolt-on wheels
Tires 6.70x15
Front suspension Independent, unequal-length A-arms, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar, tubular shocks
Rear suspension Live axle on semi-elliptic leaf springs, tubular shock absorbers
Steering Saginaw worm-and-ball, 17:1 ratio, 3.7 turns to lock; 38.5 foot turning circle
Rear axle type Hypoid semi-floating
Brakes Four-wheel hydraulic, internal-expanding, 11-inch diameter drums, 157 square inches effective lining area (121 square inches with optional sintered metallic linings)
Standard 3-speed axle ratio 3.70:1
Powerglide 2-speed axle ratio 3.55:1
Optional axle ratios 4:11:1, 4.56:1

OPTIONS

RPO Additional cove color $16.15
RPO 101 Heater $102.25
RPO 102 Signal-seeking AM radio $149.80
RPO 107 Parking brake alarm $5.40
RPO 108 Courtesy lights $6.50
RPO 109 Windshield washer $16.15
RPO 261 Sunshades $10.80
RPO 276 Five 15 x 5.5-inch wheels N/C
RPO 290 6.70 x 15 White sidewall tires $31.55
RPO 313 Powerglide automatic transmission $199.10
RPO 419 Auxiliary hardtop $236.75
RPO 426 Electric power windows $59.20
RPO 469 283-cid 245-hp dual four-barrel carb V-8 engine $150.65
RPO 469C 283-cid 270-hp dual four-barrel carburetor V-8 engine $182.95
RPO 579 V-8 283-cid 250-hp fuel-injection engine $484.20
RPO 579D V-8 283-cid 290-hp fuel-injection engine $484.20
RPO 473 Power-operated folding top mechanism $139.90
RPO 675 Positraction axle with optional ratio $48.45
RPO 684 Heavy-duty brakes and suspension $425.05
RPO 685 Four-speed manual transmission $188.30
RPO 686 Metallic brakes $26.90

HISTORICAL NOTES

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