I bought a 1956 Corvette in 1961. It cost $1,325.00 and came with both the convertible top and a hard top. The car had been raced and had the 265 V8 with two four barrel carburetors with mechanical linkage, the 3.55 rear end and had Offenhauser valve covers.
It had a hard ride with the racing suspension and 'fast' (heavy) non power steering. The transmissions were powerglide.
The car was reliable and ran well.
I sold it later and bought a new Porsche in 1966.
The Corvette was a much better car.