AutoHunter Highlight: 1955 Chevrolet Corvette


Featured on AutoHunter, the net public sale platform pushed by, is that this frame-off restored 1955 Chevrolet Corvette, automobile quantity 375 of the 700 Corvettes produced for the 1955 mannequin 12 months. Energy is equipped by a 265cid V8 backed by a Powerglide two-speed computerized. Completed in Gypsy Purple with a tan roadster high over a Gentle Beige vinyl inside, this C1 Corvette comes from the promoting vendor with detachable aspect curtains and pouch, picture album documenting the restoration, and a transparent title.

Although the inaugural-year ‘53 is taken into account essentially the most fascinating, particularly resulting from its rarity, the 1955 is the one with most fanatic attraction as a result of this was the 12 months Chevrolet launched the small-block V8. Lastly, the Corvette was able to efficiency befitting its beat-Europe-at-its-own-game place. Horsepower was 195 with a four-barrel, 15 greater than the highest engine for Chevrolet passenger automobiles. Chevrolet additionally launched a handbook transmission for V8-equipped Corvettes, although solely 75 have been put in by the manufacturing unit. Curiously, the 155-horse Blue-Flame Six with three side-draft carburetors was nonetheless out there, however solely seven have been constructed. Due to the affect of engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov, 1955 really was the 12 months that the Corvette fulfilled its promise, and there was no wanting again.

This Corvette was restored by Russ Corvette Restoration in Mount Holly, New Jersey, below earlier possession. Through the restoration course of, the physique was sanded by hand, handled with a polyester primer and a black “information” coat, sprayed with a high-build primer, and utilized within the authentic Gypsy Purple with a transparent coat. Of the 700 Corvettes constructed, 180 have been painted this hue. Moreover, physique gaps have been perfected, and a brand new tan roadster high with plastic rear window was put in.

The 15-inch pink metal wheels have polished wheelcovers with body-color accents and simulated two-blade middle caps. They’re wrapped in a set of whitewall tires.

The cabin was refurbished with Gentle Beige vinyl bucket seats with complementary parts and tan carpeting. Like all 1955 Corvettes, this one options handbook steering, half-moon horn ring, floor-mounted transmission shifter (on this case, Powerglide), dash-mounted rear-view mirror, Marvel Bar AM radio, and passenger-side speaker.

Car info is displayed on a 140-mph speedometer, 6,000-rpm tachometer, and readouts for the gas stage, coolant temperature, battery, and oil stress. The five-digit analog odometer reveals 66,918 miles.

Underneath the front-hinged hood is the all-new Turbo-Hearth 265 small-block producing 195 horsepower. Energy is shipped to the rear wheel by means of a Powerglide two-speed computerized

This Corvette rides on an unbiased entrance suspension and rear leaf springs. As a part of the restoration, the body was sandblasted and lined with epoxy primer. The promoting vendor notes that the body, bell housing, and transmission have the proper manufacturing unit markings. Stopping is carried out by handbook drum brakes.

Restored to better-than-new-condition, this 1955 Chevrolet Corvette’s public sale ends Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 12:45 p.m. (MST)

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