1955 Chevrolet Corvette

Sold For €84.000

RM | SOTHEBY'S - PARIS 2017


Chassis No.
VE55S001022

Documents: Spanish Permiso de Circulacion

  • One of only 15 examples finished in Corvette Copper; one of four known to exist
  • The 22nd production Corvette built for the 1955 model year
  • Fully restored and presented in immaculate condition
195 bhp, 265 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102 in.

Nineteen fifty-five was a very good year for the Corvette, and arguably the year that saved the model from extinction. For the 1955 model year, Chevrolet finally did away with the anaemic ‘Blue Flame’ straight-six and replaced it with the 265-cubic inch V-8, bringing much needed performance and soul to America’s Sports Car.

As in years past, most Corvettes left the factory finished in Polo White with a Red interior. However, a handful of cars were finished in other colours. The rarest colour for the 1955 model year was Corvette Copper, used on only 15 cars. Of those, only four examples are known to exist today, one of which is that presented here.

Adding to its provenance, this is the 22nd Corvette built of 700 produced for the model year. In the custodianship of its current Spanish owner, the Corvette was fully restored to its original specifications. Attesting to the car’s original colour, the rear wall of the trunk was preserved with the original Corvette Copper, as found during the restoration. Furthermore, it is worth noting that the car is accompanied by a small restoration booklet produced by the owner, which includes photographs of the restoration process from start to finish.

A splendid example both inside and out, this very rare Corvette represents a landmark year in Corvette history and will certainly stand out amongst its peers.



Lot Number
113
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