1959 Classic Chevrolet – Specifications
Chevrolet stylists went all out for 1959, presenting a completely new lower, longer and roomier body to go with improvements in chassis, suspension and engines.
Bigger all around than the 1958 Chevy, the 1959 Chevrolet frame dimension is 210.9 inches in overall length. Width is 79.9 inches, height is 56 inches and ground clearance is 6 inches. With a wheelbase of 119 inches, the 1959 Chevrolet is no small car.
With these dimensions Chevy seats are 66.1 inches wide in front and 65.5 in the rear.
One 1959 Chevrolet advertisement claimed… they’re the widest seats ever made in this country. There is an inch more head room in front than the 1958 Chevy, and at least that much more in back on most models.
The excellent ball joint front suspension and recirculating ball steering gave smooth, accurate steering. However, like all Chevy’s it takes a lot of wheel twisting to turn this big car around.
1959 Chevrolet Chassis
(A) Anti-twist Arm (B) Extra Crossmember (C) Anti-sway- Bar
Chevrolet improved their rear suspension in 1959 by adding new features that provided a better ride for passengers. To relieve the strain on rear springs and drivetrain, anti-twist arm, extra cross member and anti-sway bar were installed.
The 1959 Chevrolet was 150 to 200 pounds heavier than 1958. This required more braking power to handle the increased inertia. Brake lining was increase by 20%, and new flanged drums dissipated heat more quickly.
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