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1955 Chevrolet Corvette C1

1955 could have been the year that Chevrolet stop producing the Corvette. It was plagued by slow-selling 1954 versions. Styling remained the same for the 1955 model year. GM decided to insert a new 265 cubic inch V-8 engine into car and as well as offered a manual transmission. The 195 horsepower idea worked. A Soviet emigrant named Zora Arkus-Duntov (also known as the 'Father of the Corvette') is credited as being the engineer responsible for making the manual transmission work with the new V8 engine. This transformed the Corvette into a true sports car bringing the 0-100 time from 41 seconds to 24 seconds. Just in time to do battle with Ford's Thunderbird. It is easy to distinquish the V-6 versions from the V-8 version. GM had an enlarged gold 'V' in the word 'Chevrolet' located on the front fender. This meant the vehicle was powered by the V8 engine. The 8 cylinder used a 12-volt while the six cylinder remained with the 6-volt electrical system.

Also during this year, Zora Arkus-Duntov, a former European road racer, set a new record in the Daytona 'Measured Mile' reaching a speed slightly above 150 miles per hours.


Vehicle Profiles

1955 Chevrolet Corvette C1 vehicle information

Roadster - Six Cylinder

Chassis Num: VE55S001233

One of only 700 Corvettes built in 1955, this car was found in parts in the late 1980's. Physical evidence indicated that much of the car's past life was spent racing and thus the car was restored to continue that tradition. Originally fitted with ....[continue reading]

1955 Chevrolet Corvette C1 vehicle information

Roadster - Six Cylinder

The Corvette almost expired in 1955 due to very low sales. Just 315 were built for 1953, followed by 3,640 for 1954 - when production shifted to St. Louis - and a mere 674 of the 1955s were built. Thanks to pleas from Harley Earl and Chevy chief en....[continue reading]

1955 Chevrolet Corvette C1 vehicle information

Roadster - Six Cylinder

Chassis Num: VE55S001646

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....[continue reading]

1955 Chevrolet Corvette C1 vehicle information

Roadster - Six Cylinder

This 'mule' car was the first Corvette owned by Zora Arkus-Duntov, considered the father of the Corvette. The car has a 1956 chassis, drive train, steering column and other 1956 items with a 1955 body. This mule car was used to develop fuel injecti....[continue reading]

1955 Chevrolet Corvette C1 vehicle information

Roadster - Six Cylinder

Although Harley Earl's first Corvette was exceedingly pretty, it was not nearly as fast as it looked. But the '55 was a vastly different car, and a sign of good things to come. Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov is credited with successfully incorporating ....[continue reading]

1955 Chevrolet Corvette C1 vehicle information

Roadster - Six Cylinder

Chassis Num: VE55S001030

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 Chev....[continue reading]

Roadster - Six Cylinder
Chassis #: VE55S001233 
Roadster - Six Cylinder
 
Roadster - Six Cylinder
Chassis #: VE55S001646 
Roadster - Six Cylinder
 
Roadster - Six Cylinder
 
Roadster - Six Cylinder
Chassis #: VE55S001030 

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