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The 1955 Chevrolet Corvette

1955 Red Convertible Corvette

In 1955 Corvette production was expected to be 10,000, the final numbers are much smaller, only 700 1955 Corvettes were manufactured. Many people believed this would be the last year for Corvette. Thanks at least in part to the success of the two-seat Ford Thunderbird, Chevy saw the market for the Corvette. he biggest change for the '55 was the addition of the optional 195 horsepower V8, although records show seven six-cylinder models were built. By the end of the year a three-speed manual transmission was available as well as the standard Powerglide. The electrical systems were 12 volt in the V8's, in the six cylinder models they used the 6 volt system common to the previous two years.The V8 models are identified by a larger gold "v" attached over the top of the small "v" on the badging on the front fenders, the VIN on these models also starts with a "V". Six cylinder VINs do not start with a "V". The windshield washer button is activated by a foot switch on the floor. An auxiliary hard top was not available from the factory or as Chevrolet sponsored dealer accessories. Third parties did manufacture a hard top that some dealers sold though.

Production Options and Build Statistics

Total 1955 Corvettes Built - 700

Serial Numbers
ConvertibleVE55S001001 - VE55S001700

("V" is omitted on Six Cylinder Models)

Production Options

2934-6Base Roadster - 6-cylinder$2,774.00 7 1.0%
2934-8Base Roadster - 8-cylinder*$2,909.00 693 99.0%
100Directional Signals$16.75 700 100.0%
101Heater$91.40 700 100.0%
102AM Radio, Signal Seeking$145.15 700 100.0%
290BWhitewall Tires, 6.70x15$26.90 700 100.0%
313MPowerglide Automatic Transmission$178.35 625 89.3%
420AParking Brake Alarm$5.65 700 100.0%
421ACourtesy Lights$4.05 700 100.0%
422AWindshield Washer$11.85 700 100.0%

Color Options for 1955

Soft Top Color
Interior Color
567Polo White$0.00White/BeigeRed 325 46.4%
570Pennant Blue$0.00BeigeDark Beige 45 6.4%
573Corvette Copper$0.00WhiteDark Beige 15 2.1%
596Gypsy Red$0.00White/BeigeLight Beige 180 25.7%
632Harvest Gold$0.00Dark GreenYellow 120 17.1%

1955 Corvette Specifications

Mechanical Dimensions

Track Frt/Rear (in)57.0/59.0
Lengtd167.0 in
Widtd72.24 in
Height51.25 in
Frontal AreaN/A
Ground Clearance6.0 in.
Curb Weight2750 lbs
Weight Dist. F/R (Engine)N/A
Coolant Capacity17.75
Fuel Capacity17.25 gal.

Engine Specifications

TypeOHV, inline-6 cylinderOHV, 8 cylinder
Bore3.56 in.3.75 in.
Stroke3.94 in.3.0 in.
Displacement235.5 ci265 ci
Compression Ratio8.0:18.0:1
BlockCast IronCast Iron
Horsepower150 bhp @ 4200 rpm195 bhp @ 5000 rpm
Torque223 lb-ft @ 2400 rpmN/A
Carburetion3 sidedraft Carter Carbs.Carter 4-bbl
Oil CapacityN/AN/A

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