1955 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Roadster - Six Cylinder / VE55S001646 Chassis Information

1955 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1955 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1955 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1955 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1955 Chevrolet Corvette C11955 Chevrolet Corvette C11955 Chevrolet Corvette C11955 Chevrolet Corvette C1
Roadster - Six Cylinder
Chassis #: VE55S001646
Sold for $83,600 at 2008 Automobiles of Amelia Island, RM Auctions.
Chevrolet spent over $1.5-million on the Corvette project. It was unveiled in 1953 in the ballroom of New York's Waldorf=Astoria. It had style but lacked performance. Other shortcomings were its leaky side curtains and lack of wind-up windows. As a result only 2,500 examples were produced in 1954; expectations had been at least 10,000 units.

In 1955 Chevrolet made the necessary changes and fitted it with a much-need V8 engine; it was offered as optional equipment for the sum of $135. The 265 cubic-inch V8 unit was fitted with a Rochester four-barrel carburetors and produced nearly 200 horsepower. Other optional equipment offered in 1955 included a parking brake alarm, signal-seeking AM radio, windshield washer, and heater.

Most of the Corvette's that left the factory in 1955 had the V8 engine. This Corvette is the 646th example of the 700 produced in 1955. It is an original, matching number example that has just 41,790 miles on its odometer. It is painted in red paint that is about 25 years old and fitted with a white interior.

In 2008 it was brought to the Automobiles of Amelia presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $80,000-$100,000. It was offered without reserve and sold for a high bid of $83,600 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2008


2008 Automobiles of Amelia Island, RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$80,000-$100,000 
Sale Price :
$83,600

2019 7
2018 3
2017 3
2016 5
2015 3
2014 5
2013 1
2012 15
2011 8
2010 7

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$103,714$154,0007
2018$122,833$187,0003
2017$99,960$130,0003
2016$453,280$1,815,0005
2015$78,667$130,0003
2014$75,340$110,0005
2013$110,000$110,0001
2012$101,450$176,00015
2011$102,112$170,0008
2010$126,636$170,0007

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1955 sales)
1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 265/195 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: VE55S001566
Sold for $91,300
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 265/195 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: VE55S001093
Sold for $154,000
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Chassis#: VE55S001480
Sold for $104,500
  2019 Mecum : Monterey
 
1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: VE55S001423
Sold for $79,200
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for $88,000
  2019 Mecum : Phoenix Auction
 
1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: VE55S001295
Sold for $104,500
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for $104,500
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
Chassis#: VE55S001343
Sold for $82,500
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for $187,000
  2018 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 265/195 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: VE55S001106
Sold for $99,000
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Chassis#: VE55S001316
Sold for $130,000
  2017 Mecum : Monterey
 
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
Chassis#: VE55S001022
Sold for $89,880
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Paris
 
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for $80,000
  2017 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Chassis#: VE55S001176
Sold for $122,500
  2016 Mecum : Monterey
 
1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: VE55S001265
Sold for $143,000
  2016 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for $75,900
  2016 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale
 
1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 'SERIAL ONE'
Chassis#: VE55S001001
Sold for $1,815,000
  2016 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 265/195 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: VE55S001250
Sold for $110,000
  2016 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for $130,000
  2015 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for $84,000
  2015 Auctions America - Fort Lauderdale
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1955 Chevrolet Corvette C1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2019 Mecum : Indianpolis$82,000$100,000$120,000
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale   
1955 Chevrolet Corvette 2017 Carlisle Auctions : Fall Carlisle   
1955 Chevrolet Corvette 2017 Russo & Steele : Newport Beach   
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2016 Auctions America : Santa Monica$117,500  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2015 Auctions America Auburn Fall$72,500  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2015 Mecum : Kissimmee$130,000  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2015 Mecum : Kissimmee$225,000  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette RoadsterVE55S0015002014 Mecum : Anaheim$87,500  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 265/195 HP, Automatic 2013 Mecum Dan Mecum's 26th Spring Classic$80,000$90,000$110,000
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod LS1, Automatic 2013 Mecum Dan Mecum's 26th Spring Classic$65,000  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 265/195 HP, Automatic 2013 Mecum Dan Mecum's 26th Spring Classic$80,000$90,000$110,000
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2013 Mecum : Indianapolis$80,000  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod 2013 Mecum : Indianapolis$65,000  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2013 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Auction$77,000  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2012 Leake Auctions Dallas$86,000  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette ConvertibleVE55S0012992012 Mecum Anaheim, CA$95,000  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 265/195 HP, 3-SpeedVE55S0014242012 Mecum Monterey, CA$75,000  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2012 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee Florida$85,000  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2011 Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL Auction$35,000  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2011 Mecum Auctions Bloomington Gold Corvette Auction$62,000  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2011 Mecum Auctions Bloomington Gold Corvette Auction$95,000  
1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLEVE55S0016382011 BarrettJackson Palm Beach, Fl   
1955 Chevrolet Corvette RoadsterVE55S0011392011 Worldwide Auctions The Classics at the Trump Taj Mahal   
1955 Chevrolet Corvette RoadsterVE55S0010022011 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Auction$150,000  
1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLEVE55S0011392010 Worldwide Auctions The Auburn Auction   
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2009 Leake Auctions Houston Annual Leake Auto Auction Reliant Center$86,000  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2009 Leake Auctions Tulsa 37th Annual Leake Auto Auction QuikTrip Center$93,000  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2009 Mecum Original Spring Classic Auction 22nd Year$160,000  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette C1 2008 Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction $210,000$240,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11954 Roadster
Engine Num: 0273609F54YG
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11954 Roadster
Chassis Num: E54S001010
Engine Num: 3835911-0057980F54YG
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11954 Roadster
Chassis Num: E54S004221
Engine Num: 0769197F54YG
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11956 Convertible
Chassis Num: E56S003291
Engine Num: 0525707F56GV
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Roadster
Chassis Num: 1240
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Roadster
Chassis Num: 6338
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Roadster
Chassis Num: E57S 105176
Engine Num: F612EL
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Roadster
Chassis Num: E57S 105626
Engine Num: F424 EG VC
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11960 Convertible
Chassis Num: 00867S 100662
Engine Num: FO802CU
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11960 Convertible
Chassis Num: 00867S 103675
Engine Num: T0919D
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11960 Convertible
Chassis Num: 00867S108726
Engine Num: 3756519
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11961 Convertible
Chassis Num: 10867S105619
Engine Num: 1105619


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