8 February 2017

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Lot 113

1955 Chevrolet Corvette

  • Chassis no. VE55S001022

Sold for €84.000

Documents: Spanish Permiso de Circulacion

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.

  • 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

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.

Moteur V8, 4 342 cm3 (265 ci), 195 ch, soupapes en tête, transmission automatique Powerglide deux rapports, suspension avant indépendante avec ressorts hélicoïdaux, essieu arrière rigide avec ressorts semi-elliptiques, freins à tambours à commande hydraulique sur les quatre roues. Empattement 2 590 mm.

• Seulement 15 exemplaires de teinte "Corvette Copper" ; un des quatre survivants connus
• La 22e Corvette produite pour l'année-modèle 1955
• Entièrement restaurée et en état impeccable

L'année 1955 a été particulièrement bonne pour la Corvette, et elle a probablement sauvé le modèle de la disparition. Pour le modèle 1955 en effet, Chevrolet se débarrassait de l'anémique six-cylindres "Blue Flame" et le remplaçait par le V8 de 265 ci, apportant à cette sportive américaine les performances dont elle avait tant besoin.

Comme les années précédentes, la plupart des Corvette quittaient l'usine de teinte "Polo White" avec un intérieur rouge. Cependant, une poignée de voitures ont reçu d'autres teintes. La plus rare de celles du modèle 1955 est "Corvette Copper", utilisée sur 15 exemplaires seulement. Parmi eux, seuls quatre sont connus aujourd'hui comme ayant survécu, dont un est présenté ici.

En plus de sa provenance, il s'agit de la 22e Corvette produite sur un total de 700 correspondant à cette année-modèle. Pendant qu'elle était entre les mains de son actuel propriétaire espagnol, cette Corvette a été complètement restaurée selon sa configuration d'origine. Confirmant la couleur d'origine de la voiture, la paroi arrière du coffre était préservée avec la teinte Corvette Copper, comme cela a été découvert au cours de la restauration. Par ailleurs, il est important de noter que la voiture est accompagnée d'un petit livret sur la restauration réalisé par le propriétaire, qui inclut des photos des travaux de remise en état, du commencement jusqu'à la fin.

Cette très rare Corvette, splendide exemplaire tant à l'intérieur qu'à l'extérieur, correspond à une année marquante dans l'histoire du modèle, et se distinguera sans aucun doute parmi ses pairs.

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