Now, here are two very cool pieces of Corvette history. Check out the final two 1955 Corvettes built – VINs #699 and #700. What’s even better? They both feature 3-speed transmissions, Harvest Gold paint, and green interiors. Even more interesting is the fact that they’ve been together since new. This dynamic duo is currently being offered for sale through Corvette Mike.
The 1955 model year is mainly known for being the first year of V8 power in a Corvette. It’s also the 2nd lowest production year ever with just 700 units assembled in St. Louis. A total of 5 exterior colors were offered with Harvest Gold being the 3rd most popular that year with 120 units built. While formal numbers aren’t truly known, it’s estimated that 75 or so cars got the 3-speed transmission. Other than that, vehicle content was largely unchanged from previous years.
The story of the 2 Corvettes offered here began when #699 was purchased from Harry Mann Chevrolet in Los Angeles, CA. by Clark Hussey. Less than a year later, Hussey was driving past Mann Chevrolet with his Brother in Law, Paul, when they saw another Harvest Gold C1 – #700 – on the lot. 42-year old Clark eventually convinced 21- year old Paul to buy the car. Clark even co-signed the loan.
Paul would own #700 for 4 years before joining the US Navy in 1959. He no longer wanted the car and Clark decided to buy himself. Clark also agreed to sell it back to Paul when he got out of the Navy. Once finished with the Navy, Paul decided he didn’t want the car anymore and moved out of state.
Clark was the caretaker of both cars until his death in 1991 when they were left to his daughters, Carolyn and Marie. They kept the pair until 2016. Now they’re back on the market and ready for a new home once again.
According to the listing on Corvette Mike’s website, today both cars remain largely original with just some needed items replaced. For example, the seat covers, carpets, tires, and exhaust have been replaced on both cars. The original seat covers for #700 go with the sale. Both drivetrains are original, and they even note the original headlights go with each car as well. They were removed for preservation purposes many moons ago. Both cars also still wear their original green convertible tops and both cars are reported to “operate perfectly”.
Finding 1 well-preserved Harvest Gold 1955 Corvette is quite a feat these days. Now imagine finding 2 of them. Now imagine those 2 cars are the final 2 for that model with sequential VIN’s and a known history. We’d gladly sever a body part to own this fantastic pair C1 Corvettes. There’s no price listed on the Corvette Mike website but we do know that the cost won’t be cheap. Perusing the Mecum website we see they last sold a Bloomington Gold Certified and NCRS Top Flight winning Harvest Gold 1955 for $187,000 in Indy in 2018. Using that, we think you’ll need a least twice that (or maybe more) to get this pair in your garage.
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