Nice avatar ..
In early 60's our football coach wanted us ready to play ball so he got us jobs in steel mills, timber etc.
So I came back with a ton of $$ and bought a 59 vette ...mine was white, silver alcoves and screaming turquoise blue interior and top ..the wheel covers were the 2 wing spinner style
283PP with 4spd Muncie 373 rear originally but had been changed to 411 posi-traction
Turns out the 59 was the personal car of the owner of a pretty famous speed shop ...
engine had been CC'd , blue printed, ..202 valves and an Isky 505 roller cam and double pumper Holley on highriser intake
It was a terror ..never beaten in a street drag (I know not kool now or then either I suppose) it ate all comers including wedge HEMI (not a true hemi in my opinion) 427 vetts, 389 tri powers, Grand sports ..I never raced a pure Hemi but i drove one and I don't think I could have taken the full 426 true hemi ..I was tied once by a 59 chevy 409 tri-power but it turns out it was a special run all aluminum factory issue for track only (but was licensed) and I suspect the 409CID in it was not a regular crate engine
I sold it when Uncle Sam gave me an all expense paid vacation in 64 .
Man I loved that car then ..I'd shudder to think I would have to give up my Suburban and drive only the old 59 ...or even a 2020 Vette for that matter