1955 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Roadster - Six Cylinder / VE55S001030 Chassis Information

1955 Chevrolet Corvette C1
Roadster - Six Cylinder
Chassis Num: VE55S001030
Sold for $165,000 at 2012 Barrett-Jackson.
In 1955 Chevrolet introduced the small-block V8. The overhead valve V8 was an evolution of several other GM products, such as the Oldsmobile unit first introduced in 1949. Cadillac unveiled their version in 1950 and Buick in 1953. Pontiac and Chevrolet followed in 1955. Each of these engines were distinctly different; Chevrolet's used the lessons-learned from the other divisions to increase the level of design, performance, efficiency, and mass production of their V-8 engine. It was designed under the guidance of Ed Cole, Chevrolet's chief engineering and an individual who had aided in the development of Cadillac's flathead and overhead valve V-8s.

The Chevrolet engine had stamped steel rocker arms on stud-mounted ball pivots. It was lightweight, powerful and robust. It displaced 265 cubic-inches, had overhead valves, and produced nearly 200 horsepower. It had fewer cubic-inches than Ford's engine yet it produced 40 more horsepower, weighed 41 pounds less, and had better fuel economy.

Only 700 Corvettes were produced at the St. Louis plant in 1955 as there were around 1,100 examples of the 1954 Corvette still on showroom floors. This example is one of only 45 Corvettes believed to have been delivered in this Pennant Blue color combination in 1955. It has been treated to a restoration and well preserved since that time. It is fitted with the Powerglide automatic transmission, Wonderbar radio, and side windows with bags.

In 2008, the car was brought to the Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by the Worldwide Auctioneers. It was estimated to sell for $210,000 - $240,000. Bidding failed to reach those estimates and the lot was left unsold.

Chassis# VE55S001030

2012 Barrett-Jackson at Scottsdale, Arizona
Sale Price : $165,000
2008 Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction
Pre-Auction Estimates :$210,000-$240,000 
Lot was not sold

Analysis

Chassis number VE55S001030 Auction Sales History
2012$165,000
2008Pre-Sale Estimates: $210,000 - $240,000

2018 2
2017 3
2016 5
2015 3
2014 5
2013 1
2012 15
2011 8
2010 7
2009 2

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$143,000$187,0002
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
2009$190,000$310,0002

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1955 sales)
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
 
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for $22,000
  2015 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ROADSTER
Sold for $28,000
  2014 Mecum - Chicago
 
1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ROADSTER
Sold for $110,000
  2014 Mecum - Dallas
 
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for $67,500
  2014 Mecum : Seattle
 
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for $101,200
  2014 Auctions America - Ft Lauderdale
 
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod 350/330 HP, C4 Suspension
Sold for $70,000
  2014 Mecum - Kissimmee
 
1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: E55S001433
Sold for $110,000
  2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale
 
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Chassis#: VE55S001118
Sold for $140,250
  2012 RM Auctions - The John Staluppi Collection
 

No Sale

1955 Chevrolet Corvette C1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
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
1955 Chevrolet CorvetteVE55S0010012008 Mecum High Performance Auction at Bloomington Gold$850,000  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette 2008 Mecum High Performance Auction at Bloomington Gold$125,000  

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