1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 'SERIAL ONE' - 185730 Sold* at Scottsdale 2016 - Lot #1351 1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 'SERIAL ONE' https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/185730/185730_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Lot #1351   1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE "SERIAL ONE"
Auction Scottsdale 2016
Reserve RESERVE
Status Sold
Price
Lot 1351
Year 1955
Make CHEVROLET
Model CORVETTE
Style ROADSTER
*Includes Buyer Commission
Details
VIN VE55S001001
Exterior Color POLO WHITE
Interior Color RED
Cylinders 8
Engine Size 265
Transmission AUTOMATIC
Description
Lot #1351 - This 1955 was the first production Corvette equipped with Chevrolet's now-famous small block V8, as well as the first production Corvette equipped with a 12-volt electrical system. Discovered behind a Lexington, NC, residence in 1970, it was rescued by a young enthusiast for the pricey sum of $500. This car received a professional frame-off, nut-and-bolt restoration with all date-code and number-correct components, resulting in an NCRS Top Flight at a Chapter meet with a net score of 99.3 in 2008. Features include a 265ci engine with Powerglide transmission and Polo White exterior with red/white interior. The unique features for this Corvette, 1955 production unit VIN #001, includes a 1954 frame with modifications for V8 engine mounts and fuel pump clearance. The body is basically a 1954 with firewall modifications for the heater hose relocation and the plunger style windshield washer. The 6-cylinder equivalent firewall holes were simply plugged. The V8 engine also included several unique features for the Corvette: The distributor has a special grease lubricator, an external Mallory capacitor, special ignition shielding with a very rare housing and the extremely rare original Hallett ignition shielding. Complete and correct in every detail with proper early components and date codes and an award-winning restoration, this historically significant Corvette is recipient of the highest recognition from the organization that has set and maintained the standards for the state-of-the-art restoration accuracy. **SOLD AS A PACKAGE WITH LOTS 1352 and 1353**
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