A 1961 Chevrolet Corvette with celebrity ownership is always tempting. But NASCAR's Kurt Busch not only owns this, but he had his shop perform about $100k worth of restoration work. The result is a dual-quad convertible that will make you proud to show and drive, and of course, some name-dropping.
For a lot of us, the 1961 Corvette is the ideal year to own. The roadsters dropped the fussy styling touches like the ribbed hood and tooth-like chrome details of previous years to create a smoother sports car. And the most important improvement is out back. The sleek rear end was new for this year, and its four-taillight design set the standard that is still being followed over a half-century later. While a red Corvette is beautiful, we bet this color combo is what made you first stop and look at this C1. The Fawn Beige was just added in 1961, and this was also the final year for the two-tone. So this Fawn Beige and Ermine White combo is exclusive only to '61. That makes for a distinctive way to show off the uniform fit of this car's body without losing the period-correct feel. What will also attract you to this one is that most of the key brightwork has been re-plated. Even the white vinyl top is new so it coordinates nicely with the color-cove insert. One distinctive touch we particularly like are the black wheels with basic wheel covers. It gives this a competition-ready look that's a nice reminder that a real racecar legend loved this C1.
While the car looks great with the top in place, we really know that your favorite days will be the ones with the roof down. And the reason why it all looks so good is the big money invested in the restoration, and Leon Brown Custom Auto Upholstery making sure everything looks right. The fawn interior is just as distinctive as the exterior. In fact, all the tones of the interior materials coordinate nicely to the shining Fawn Beige exterior. It gives the colors that kind of thoughtful look you'd usually expect on a classic European car. Bucket seats and a dual cowl dash really made this an individual sports car, and this one has everything correct in place, right down to the AM radio that's still cranking out tunes. The steering wheel ridges have that great thin, grippy feel that only came on the right cars of this era. Plus, the cue ball on top of the shifter is a great place to rest your hand. Because you'll want to be cruising with the top off for as long as possible, it's always nice to know the heater is in good working order. That way you can still enjoy this roadster on a crisp fall Sunday drive.
Because the interior and exterior are ready for the car show, it made sure the engine bay doesn't disappoint. You have a highly correct and crisp presentation of the 283 cubic-inch V8. It has the shiny air topper, matching distributor shield, bright Chevy orange block, and awesome Corvette script valve covers. They even covered the right details, right down to the fasteners. And it all looks so fresh because there has only been about 100 miles on this car since the full mechanical restoration. More than just look awesome, you'll get excited by the dual set of four-barrel carburetors that gave these early Corvettes an extra dose of power. The date-correct four-speed manual transmission gives you full control over it all. As you move onto the undercarriage photos, you can really see the level of detail work you get on a big money restoration, and how fresh this one is everywhere!
The sale comes complete with a folder full of restoration receipts detailing the work that has gone into this Corvette. So you know you'll love this one for the way it look, the way it drives, and the story it has to tell. Call now!