1961 Corvette Convertible - RARE Number matching Dual Quad 283 V8, OPTIONED with the SUPER RARE POWER CONVERTIBLE TOP 1 of 442 produced)!!!! Automatic Power Glide Transmission (1 of 1458 Produced) Power Windows (1 of 698 Produced) And if that wasn't enough, this car is serial #99 - WOW how cool is that?!?!
Restored and looking amazing.
We acquired this car after chasing it over the last 25 years. My father who was also my business partner first saw this car at a local car show and tried at that show to buy it from it's owner. Needless to say he wouldnt sell, so my father waited.... Each time he would see the gentlemen as the years came and went my dad would hit the man up to sell us his Vette. The owner though was always pretty firm, the car would go to his son when he was gone. My dad never gave up though he continued to hound the owner each time he'd see the car. Finally my dads health got the best of him and he passed away a couple years ago. In late February 2019 my mother gets a call (on my dads number that she never shut off) it was the son of the owner of the car David. He tells my mom his dad is putting a big land deal together and needs to free up some working capital and wondered if Ed (my dad) would still be interested in the car he owned. Anyway long story short (too late) mom tells him of my dads passing so no, but my son might be!!!! Of course I know the car, and the man, because of the years my dad would tell me he saw him again and couldn't pry the car from his mits. YEAH IM INTERESTED.... So I call and 45 minutes later I'm standing in front of the car, knowing I'm leaving with it but trying to play it cool. Thinking how satisfying it would be for my dad to be standing in this position with Dave. What a great guy the owner of the car was. He had lots of nice things to say about the years of my dad chasing him and his car.
Dave explained how when my dad was chasing the car it was always nice, but because he had been driving it for many years the car was starting to need things. Just recently finished, but over the course of the last 10-13 years he was bit by bit restoring it and within the last 3 or 4 years finishing the restoration (see some details below) and now the car is actually quite a bit better than when my dad first started his chase. Well needless to say I struck a deal, and I must say the car was worth the wait.
As described by Mr. Rose the last owner. Around 2005 took the car apart and started the work on the belly. 5 years later…engine/trans, new dash pad/windshield/carpet, gas tank, radiator work and some chrome.
In 2014, took the car to Tom Lindle (very well known and respected restorer locally). He set engine/trans back in the car after, Universal joint and labor to bore, assemble and replace cam bearings. Fit and align, polish crankshaft, rebuild cylinder heads and resurface and replace seats. Rebuild and refinish transmission. Install new or restored stainless and chrome and completed remaining restoration, including the painting and reassembly.
Parts not limited to: Air cleaner lid, power top rebuilt, trunk liner & misc. trunk parts replaced, 1 New rim. Pair of Corvette red rubber floor mats. 1 red Corvette trunk mat. Seat upholstery kit, vinyl. Seat foam set and seat spring set. Air cleaner assembly. Carb. kit and rebuild 2 carbs. Valve covers, Rework gauges and install modern AM-FM radio (original comes with car)
Replace tack strip, adjust top irons, paint irons, weatherstrip pieces, install top pads and weatherstrip and vinyl top.
Engine/trans work, new dash pad, new windshield, new carpet, new gas tank, radiator work, some new chrome restored stainless and refinish chrome work, new reproduction air cleaner, power top assembly etc. restored, power windows reworked and restored as needed, new felt & weather strip, automatic transmission restored, trunk liner, new rubber floor mat pair, trunk mat, seat upholstery vinyl kit w/foam and springs, air cleaner assembly, restore valve covers, paint weatherstrip, taillight assembly, speaker, bezels, 7 knob kit, wire kit, tires and battery. Car includes - The original radio, remote for modern radio, shop manual, owners manual with top operation manual, assembly manual, vinyl straps for corners of seats, Corvette servicing guide and miscellaneous receipts. Miles on odometer show 81,289 miles on restoration, approximately 200.