Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

The 1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster is a fantastic testament to 1950s automotive design, it’s got all the chrome, curves and fins you could want in a car, plus, it’s bright red and fitted with a glorious American V8.

1955 was the first year that Chevrolet included its small-block, 195 hp V8 in the Corvette, in the 2 model years before (the Corvette was first released in ’53) the car was fitted with a rather wheezy 6 cylinder engine. This new, much more powerful model wasn’t the runaway success that Chevrolet had been hoping for as the model was tainted by the unpopular ’53 and ’54 models.

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The ’55 model only sold 700 units by the end of the year which led the management at Chevrolet to release the ’56 model with a newly designed body, to distinguish itself from the first generation Corvettes. This worked like a charm and it went on to sell 5 times as many units as the preceding year.

Personally, I love the look of the 1955 Corvette Roadster. It looks like a 1950’s sports car should, detractors might argue that it leaks like a sieve in the rain but I’d argue that it was never supposed to be driven in the wet. This is a car for sunny weekend afternoons and long coastal roads.

This particular example is estimated to be worth between $120,000 and $150,000 USD, it’s a multiple award-winning, Bloomington certified unit that should actually climb in value if it’s well taken care of.

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Photo Credits: Teddy Pieper ©2012 Courtesy of RM Auctions