1955 Chevrolet Corvette
The Tony Parella Corvette Collection
Lot No. 537
Auctioned on Saturday, March 17, 2012
The 1955 Corvette was considered to be a brilliant new addition to America’s most popular production sports car, due to it representing the first year that V-8 engines were offered. This example is fitted with the proper 265-cid, 195-hp unit, coupled to the Powerglide automatic transmission. At the time, Chevrolet advertising proclaimed the engine to be a “cyclone of power.” The Corvette for this model year blends a sports car suspension with outstanding smoothness and predictability. The sleek rear deck of the car conceals a generous luggage compartment – far more spacious than most sports cars of the day. The engine on this car has correct ignition shielding, chrome valve covers and air cleaner. Additional options include AM radio and heater along with turn signals, wide whitewall tires, parking brake alarm, courtesy lighting and windshield washers. In the cockpit you will find individual bucket seats, the floor covered in carpeting, large pockets in the doors that also serve as armrests and wide doors with internal release mechanisms. The instrument panel is beautifully balanced and includes a key-turn starter, electric clock, tachometer and hooded radio speaker. This car is the recipient of a recently completed frame-off restoration and is finished in Harvest Gold with a Dark Green top with tan upholstered seats. According to incomplete factory records, it is thought that approximately 120 Corvettes were finished in this color during the model year. The VIN on this Corvette is VE55S001652, making it within the final 50 examples of this body style produced before giving way to the all-new 1956 design.