There will be plenty of stars out for Mecum’s Kissimmee Auction at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida during the week of January 16 – 24, 2015. One of the featured star attractions of special interest to Corvette fans is the earliest production V8 Corvette with a documented original frame, 1955 Corvette VIN 002.
The Polo white roadster with a red interior is the second production 1955 Corvette and, according to the C1 Registry, is the oldest surviving V8-engined Corvette in existence. The Registry also indicates that its approximate production date was January, 4, 1955, making it a true sexagenarian.
This unique fiberglass artifact has the 195 horsepower, 265 cu. in. V8, a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, a heater, directional signals, a Wonderbar signal-seeking radio, windshield washers, and a beige soft top. Of the 700 Corvettes produced for the 1955 model year, a stunning 693 had the V8 engine.
Among the awards garnered by #002 are a NCRS Top Flight, Bloomington Gold Certification, and a selection to the Bloomington Gold Special Collection. It has undergone a body-off restoration.
Corvette #002 was previously owned by noted Corvette collector Bob McDorman and sold at McDorman’s auction in November of 2010 for $143,000 including the buyer’s commission.
The Vette will cross the block on Saturday, January 24, 2015 as Lot S194 ready to add its esteemed presence to a new owner’s stable. For auction and TV broadcast details, please check Mecum’s Kissimmee Auction website. Happy hunting!
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