12 March 2011
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
To be auctioned on Saturday, March 12, 2011
Sold for $104,500
- Chassis no. VE55S001156
- From the collection of Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance founder Bill Warner
- Award-winning restoration in Pennant Blue over beige
- One of only 700 Corvettes built for 1955, first year for V-8 power
During the early 1950s, two key events shaped the Chevrolet Corvette’s ongoing development and fostered its rise to unrivalled status as America’s pre-eminent sports car. The first was the appointment in 1952 of Ed Cole, a driving force behind the development of Cadillac’s famed overhead-valve V-8 engine, to the post of Chief Engineer at GM’s Chevrolet Division. Starting with a clean sheet of paper, Cole’s new V-8 design revolutionized the American auto industry with its compact dimensions, durability, light weight and thermal efficiency. With free-breathing cylinder heads and strong internal parts, the new “small-block” was especially responsive to high-performance modifications and quickly redefined both engine design and Chevrolet’s image when it debuted for 1955. The second key development was the hiring of Zora Arkus-Duntov. Both Cole and Arkus-Duntov worked their magic on the Corvette, adding the new small-block V-8 for 1955 and a succession of performance and handling enhancements that transformed the Corvette into a true sports car.
This 1955 Corvette was sold new by Burwell Chevrolet in Jacksonville, Florida. It has remained in Jacksonville since new and at one time was drag raced on an amateur level. It was purchased by Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance founder Bill Warner 10 years ago after a friend performed a modest restoration. Another body-on restoration was performed by a Corvette specialist in Tarpon Springs, but Warner was not satisfied with the results. In 2009, he sent the car to Corvette expert Werner Meier at Master Works, in Madison Heights, Michigan, for a full body-off restoration. The car was first shown at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and then at the 2010 AACA Hershey meet where it was awarded its National First Junior. It is a stunning restoration beautifully presented in Pennant Blue over beige. Ready for its First Senior, it is certainly a worthy candidate for Top Flight NCRS judging.
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