Lot 114
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster



• Number 104 of only 700 Corvettes produced in 1955
• The first year for V-8 powered Corvette
• Restored to NCRS standards in 2017 by Classic Corvette Restorations of Chardon, Ohio
• Recipient of two Top Flight awards for originality and quality of work

265 cid OHV V-8 engine, 195 HP, Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 102”

When the Corvette was initially introduced at the 1953 GM Motorama Car Show it came off as a very peculiar little roadster. This was a new type of car with a small interior, limited cargo space, and barely enough room for two people. Only 300 Corvettes were built during the first production year, and numbers did not seem to be improving. Had it not been for Ford’s introduction of the two-seater Thunderbird, GM may have terminated the production of this roadster altogether. However, in 1955, with a renewed focus on innovation, GM used the early Corvette as a proving ground for new technology and development.

This adorable Polo White 1955 Corvette, originally purchased in California, made its way east to Oklahoma, then to North Carolina before finally arriving in Ohio with its current owner. In 2017, it was restored to the National Corvette Restoration Society’s strict standards by Classic Corvette Restorations of Chardon, Ohio. Restoration photos show the fiberglass body to be free of any patching or blemishes. No expenses were spared during the body-off-frame restorative process, and all parts used were either new-old-stock or certified correct reproductions. Since being restored, it has received two NCRS Top Flight awards for scoring 98.5% out of 4,510 points at a judging event. Equipped with the newly introduced 265 cubic-inch V-8 engine capable of producing 195 horsepower, this was also the first year for the Corvette to use a modern 12-volt electrical system. This car features several options such as directional turn signals, a heater, a parking brake alarm, Chevrolet’s Wonderbar radio, windshield washers, and courtesy lights. The two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission shifts with ease adding to the overall appeal of the car. An immaculately restored Sportsman red interior and 6.70” x 15” wide whitewall tires complete the gorgeous look of this classic Corvette.

Only 700 Corvettes were manufactured for the 1955 model year, with this one being the 104th, and with only around 200 thought to be remaining today this may represent the only opportunity to purchase one for quite some time. Don’t let it slip away!

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