Corvettes for Sale: 1955 Roadster Was Used to Test 3-Speed Manual Transmissions

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Corvettes for Sale: 1955 Roadster Was Used to Test 3-Speed Manual Transmissions


Only 700 Corvettes were built during the 1955 model year, making every single ’55 a rare car indeed.

But the one up for sale on Bring A Trailer through Wednesday has even greater historical significance than usual.

Chevy is believed to have built this car in 1955 to evaluate the three-speed manual transmission before it was to be offered as a factory option later that year.

According to the Corvette Black Book, only about 70 to 80 of the ’55s wound up with the three-speed manuals instead of the more popular Powerglide automatic.

Corvettes for Sale: Rare 1955 Roadster Was Used to Test Manual Transmissions


After being sold in California in the 1960s, the car was first restored by an Oregon owner in 1988, who subsequently was rewarded for his efforts with an NCRS Top Flight award at the Northwest Regional Meet on June 29, 2002. The current owner obtained the car in 2018 and had a service performed in March 2019 by Gibson Auto & Electric in Portland, Oregon, including a rebuild of the brake master cylinder and the installation of new wheel cylinders and brake shoes. He also had the five-digit odometer reset at that time, and it now shows just 62 miles, with the total mileage over the past 66 years unknown.

Corvettes for Sale: Rare 1955 Roadster Was Used to Test Manual Transmissions


Today the extensive photos included with the listing show this historic Corvette remains in absolutely stunning condition.

Coated in red paint, the car features light beige upholstery with a red dash pad and carpet and a 265/195 horsepower V8 (only seven ‘55s had the much weaker Blue Flame 235 cubic inch straight-six 135 horsepower engine that had exclusively powered the ‘53s and ‘54s).

Corvettes for Sale: Rare 1955 Roadster Was Used to Test Manual Transmissions


Bidding, which has reached $82,000, comes to a close on Wednesday, and it has a long way to go to establish a new Bring a Trailer record for C1 Corvettes by exceeding $153,000.


Source:
Bring A Trailer via motoringresearch.com

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1 COMMENT

  1. Well my 65 is rumored to have come from the factory with a 409 you see the guys got drunk on New Year’s Eve and sent the car to Tarrytown NY where those guys were also drunk and did not notice a corvette go down the Impalla line. Thy had an old 409 laying around and put it in. Now mind you I don’t know who reported this story first. But this is what I heard

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