Corvette styling was substantially upgraded in 1961. Although enthusiasts at the time did not know
it, they were being given a sneak peak of things to come. The rear would carry over to 1963, which would be a pivotal year
in Corvette history. The "ducktail" design of the 1961 (and '62) with its four tail lights would be known as "transitional"
years. The exhaust now exited below the body and not via an opening in the bumper as in previous years.
Body colored headlight bezels began to replace the chrome of 1960. The Corvette style was softened
somewhat by the removal of the "teeth" in the grill.
Sun visors, an aluminum radiator, parking brake warning lamp, interior lights and the windshield
washer were standard equipment. The four speed transmission featured an aluminum case.
The Corvette badging was updated and featured a "V" over the crossed flag. The ever-popular spear
centered on the fender continued. As with previous years, Corvette buyers had a choice of either a hard or soft top.
If they wanted both, option 419 was checked and the price went up $236.75.