1955 Chevrolet Corvette V8 Convertible
• NCRS Top Flight status
• Complete body off restoration
• Second lowest production year (700 units)
• First year for the V8
• Matching numbers car
The Vehicle Offered:
Finished in traditional Polo White with red interior and a beige top, it has undergone a full body off restoration to the highest standards ensuring all details were completed exactly as the car left the factory. There was over $60,000 spent with Corvette Repair Inc. of Valley Stream NY in preparing this car for judging. This Corvette has been analyzed and documented by the National Corvette Restorers Society as a “NCRS Top Flight winner”.
325 white Corvettes were produced in 1955 making it the most popular colour.
1955 was the first year for the V8 which completely transformed the driving experience finally making the Corvette a world class sports car.
RPO Description MFG’s Price Production
2934-6 Base Roadster – 6-cylinder $2,774.00 N/A
2934-8 Base Roadster – 8-cylinder* $2,909.00 N/A
100 Directional Signals $16.75 700
101 Heater $91.40 700
102 AM Radio, Signal Seeking $145.15 700
290B Whitewall Tires, 6.70×15 $26.90 N/A
313M Powerglide Automatic Transmission $178.35 N/A
420A Parking Brake Alarm $5.65 700
421A Courtesy Lights $4.05 700
422A Windshield Washer $11.85 700
RPO Exterior Interior Soft Top Production
567 Polo White Red White/Beige 325
570 Pennant Blue Dark Beige Beige 45
573 Corvette Copper Dark Beige White 15
596 Gypsy Red Light Beige White/Beige 180
632 Harvest Gold Yellow Dark Green 120
It was a breakthrough year for the 1955 Corvette. It could now be had with a 195hp V8 that actually improved front to rear weight distribution. The new V8s came with oversized ‘V’ emblems over the Chevy logo on the lower front fenders. The V8 option was a big push from better performing European roadsters. Also for 1955, a new 3-speed manual transmission was available appeasing the many sports car enthusiasts.
With many ’54 Vettes still sitting on lots, production for the 1955s were cut, with the majority of them being the V8 option (it’s been reported that as few as six with the 6-cylinder were produced), which added $135 to the base price. Zora Arkus-Duntov, an engineer on the Corvette and former European road racer, is credited with saving the car by not only adding the new V8, but also improving handling. He has become known as the “grandfather of the Corvette.”
|Listed Price||$128,500|| |
Excluding price changes of less than $100.