If you’re looking for a near-perfect 1955 Corvette, you might want to seriously consider this example that will be offered at the Jan. 7-16 Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida.
This ’55 – #104 of just 700 Corvettes built that year – scored 98.5 points out of a possible 100 points at a regional event and is a two-time NCRS Top Flight Award winner.
No wonder, it underwent a professional nut and bolt no expenses spared restoration completed in 2017 by Michael Capozzio of Classic Corvette Restorations of Chardon, Ohio.
But the impressive thing about the restoration is that so many of the original parts were retained and just restored, including the 4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, Carter WCFB2218S carburetor with tag, intake manifold with proper stamping and date codes, Delco Remy 086 ignition coil, ignition shielding, exhaust manifolds, Eaton vented gas cap, AC547 7# radiator cap, tombstone exhaust riser, instrument panel gauges, Wonderbar radio restored by D&M Restoration, rear view mirror, windshield wiper motor, grille (rechromed), non-DOT headlights (still functional), jack and lug wrench, side curtain windows, hubcaps, and dashboard knobs (restored by Steve Newsom), convertible top made from original patterns by Adam Parker using original materials on the original top frame, and Duntov-designed tailpipes complete with baffles for downward exhaust discharge.
Where the original parts couldn’t be refurbished, extreme care was taken to use correct reproductions, such as the Gardner exhaust components, air filter and chrome air filter housing, fan shroud, radiator and hoses, spiral shocks, rear suspension rebound straps, Firestone bias-ply tires, and red Al Knoch interior including door panels, dash pad, carpets and seat covers (over original frames).
During the restoration, it was found that the Polo White car retains its original un-hit body with no patch panels and has the original 265/195 horsepower OHV V8 engine, the first year it was offered in the Corvette. It has the two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs.
The car’s ownership in North Carolina, Oklahoma and California is documented, along with its restoration. An original 1955 Corvette factory brochure is also included.
Mecum estimates the car will fetch between $115,000 and $135,000 – seemingly a small price for a nearly perfect ’55 and likely far cheaper than the cost of the actual restoration. The 1955 Corvette is scheduled to cross the auction block on Friday, January 15th.