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VIN VE55S001592

Car Year: 1955
Car's approximate birthday: September 26, 1955
Owner: Red Hills Rods & Classics
Purchase date: Undefined
Status: Current Owner
Nickname: VE55S001592
State: Restored
Exterior: Gypsy Red (25.71%)
Interior: Other Color
Softtop: Beige
Wheels: Red (78.57%)
Delivery Dealer Zone: Unknown
Delivery Dealer Code: Unknown
Options: RPO Option Percentage
Sold [%]
Sales Price
  02934-8 Base Corvette Convertible, V8 265ci 195hp (1x4 195hp) 99.00% 2,909.00
  100 Directional Signals 100.00% 16.75
  101 Heater 100.00% 91.40
  102A AM Radio 100.00% 145.15
  290B Whitewall Tires 6.70x15 100.00% 26.90
  313M Powerglide Transmission 100.00% 178.35
  420A Parking Brake Alarm 100.00% 5.65
  421A Courtesy Lights 100.00% 4.05
  422A Windshield Washers 100.00% 11.85
  Total   20.002040816326527%
(141 Cars)
Factory job nr.: Unknown
Export Car: Non Export Car
Car history:
Posted 04/02/2020

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Sub Model: Convertible 265ci V8
Type: --
Trim: Convertible 265ci V8
Color: Red
Engine size:--
Power options:--
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type:--
Interior color: White
Vehicle Title: Clear

Corvette collectors & enthusiasts, you will want to take a very close look at this
outstanding vehicle! Red Hills Rods & Classics is very proud to offer you this
absolutely gorgeous, frame-off restored 1955 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible,
finished in its original factory correct Gypsy Red exterior wrapped around a
beautiful white interior, with only 17 miles on the clock since the comprehensive
nut & bolt restoration. Total production for 1955 Corvette was expected to be
around 10,000 units, but the final...numbers are much, much smaller, with
only (700) 1955 Chevrolet Corvettes actually manufactured. 1955 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 anemic
Blue Flame straight-six and replaced it with the 265ci V-8, bringing much
needed performance and soul to America's Sports Car. Many people believed
this would be the last year for Corvette, but thanks at least in part to the
success of the Ford Thunderbird, Chevrolet realized that there was a serious
market for the Corvette. The new Turbo-Fire V-8 did wondrous things for the
Corvette's performance, and the 195 horsepower V8 was a 40-hp improvement
over the Blue Flame Six. Chevrolet marketed the V-8 not as an engine option
but as a separate Corvette model, and though the two cars looked almost
exactly the same, the V-8-powered Corvettes were readily identifiable thanks
to special CheVrolet lettering on their sides. The V8 certainly helped kick-start
interest in the Corvette, a surge that would carry the car to fabulous sales
successes in the years ahead. Not counting the (300) Corvettes produced in
the first-year 1953 model, the (700) cars produced in 1955 is the lowest
production by far, which certainly makes it one of the rarest Corvettes ever
produced. This spectacular example has been in a private collection since it
was frame-off restored in 2007, and has only been driven a total of 17 miles
since. The gentleman who restored the car was a Corvette guru, and specialized
in early C1 Corvettes only. It was originally a California car, and was in excellent
condition w/ no signs of ever being damaged in any way. She left the factory in
arguably the prettiest color combination of Gypsy Red wrapped around a
white/red interior, which was a huge plus right from the start. The original
fiberglass body is laser straight and the factory correct Gypsy Red paint was
done in proper single-stage lacquer. It was then polished to an absolutely
brilliant shine throughout, which looks to be a mile deep. The paint is absolutely
gorgeous on this car and looks as fresh as the day it was done. All of the chrome
& bright work is in show-quality condition, including the bumpers/bumperettes,
front grille, and all of the stainless-steel trim. She sits on the original 15 inch
wheels with the correct faux-spinner wheel covers wrapped w/ 15 inch whitewall
tires, just like she did 64 years ago. This is a stunning Corvette from every angle,
period! The undercarriage is also very nicely detailed and factory correct
throughout (please see undercarriage photos).Open the drivers door and you
will find an absolutely perfect white/red interior that is factory fresh in every
way. These cars had beige carpeting from the factory, but during the restoration
they decided on using red carpeting throughout, as the original beige carpeting
just did not pop enough in their opinion. This can easily be swapped out, but I
really think that the red carpeting makes for a much more elegant interior. All
of the original gauges, lights, blinkers, horn, etc., are in perfect working condition.
Again, everything inside has a showroom appearance, and you would have to
search long & hard to find a more perfect interior in a 1955 Corvette! The trunk
area is also beautifully restored and houses the original side curtains, which are
in the original red pouch that hangs in the back of the trunk. The chrome, steel-
framed door windows & vent assemblies (side-curtains) contain Plexiglass logos
on each pane. They have been completely restored and are in as new
condition. They are so perfect that I didn't want to remove them again for
photographs after I originally inspected them upon delivery of the car, as they
are very hard to find and very pricey. Pop open the hood and nestled inside the
nicely detailed engine bay you will find the original 265ci/195hp V8 motor
dressed up in correct Chevy orange paint w/ chrome valve covers & chrome
louvered air cleaner assembly. The original engine pad stamp shows the
correct suffix code (FG), for the 265ci/195hp V8 motor. The 265ci motor is
linked the original Powerglide automatic transmission, which feeds power to the
original 3.55 rear-end. She fires up instantly, settling into a nice smooth idle,
and runs, drives beautifully. Since there are so few miles on the car, I only
drove about a mile to make sure that everything functioned properly, and I
was simply amazed at how nicely it performed. This is an investment-grade
vintage Corvette in every sense of the word. It is nearly impossible to find a
1955 Corvette Roadster in such beautifully restored condition, as many of the
parts for the 53-55 Corvettes have become very hard to acquire. This car is for
the serious collector who has yet to find the perfect 1955 Corvette for their
high-end collection. Future potential is limitless w/ a car of this stature, and it
is certainly better than money in the bank. If you have been searching for an
absolutely mint example of one of the rarest Corvettes ever produced, you will
want to take a long hard look at this gorgeous 1955 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible!
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