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1955 Chevrolet Corvette-v-8 Auto-body Off Restored California Corvette #493/700

1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE-V-8 AUTO-BODY OFF RESTORED CALIFORNIA CORVETTE #493/700
Price:

$ 105,000

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Condition: Used
Mileage: 3545
Engine: 265 Cu. In. 195 Hp V-8
Location: 91307, West Hills, California
SellerID: stevekr2000
VIN#: VE55S001493

Seller's Notes:

NOTE: THIS IS NOT JUST ANOTHER 1955 CORVETTE! THIS IS A DRY CLIMATE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA “BLACK PLATE” RUST-FREE MATCHING #’S 1955 CORVETTE THAT HAS BEEN RESTORED TO A VERY HIGH STANDARD!!! IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A FABULOUS VINTAGE MID 50’S CORVETTE THAT YOU CAN SHOW, WIN TROPHIES WITH, DRIVE AND REALLY ENJOY, YOU JUST FOUND IT! THIS CORVETTE WAS MANUFACTURED IN AN ERA WHEN AMERICAN SPORTS CARS WERE NEW, AND OWNING A V-8 CORVETTE WAS REALLY SOMETHING SPECIAL. 1955 WAS THE LAST YEAR FOR THE ORIGINAL 1953-1955 BODY STYLE AND THE FIRST YEAR FOR THE V-8 ENGINE IN A CORVETTE, GIVING IT THE PERFORMANCE SPORTS CAR ENTHUSIASTS WERE THIRSTING FOR! ONLY 700 CORVETTES WERE PRODUCED FOR 1955. THIS IS THE SECOND LOWEST PRODUCTION YEAR NEXT TO 1953 WHEN ONLY 300 WERE MADE. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT NO MORE THAN 250 1955 CORVETTES STILL EXIST TODAY, MAKING THIS A VERY RARE AND HIGHLY DESIRED CORVETTE INDEED. THIS FABULOUS 1955 V-8 CORVETTE IS READY TO SHOW, DRIVE AND ENJOY, AND IS NOW RELUCTANTLY BEING MADE AVAILABLE TO VERY LUCKY EBAY BIDDERS. THE 1955 CORVETTE An American Automotive Icon! The Chevrolet Corvette hardly needs an introduction. Chevrolet spent over $1.5 Million on the Corvette project. It was unveiled in 1953 in the ballroom of New York's Waldorf-Astoria. For the first two years of production, 1953 and 1954, the Corvette was powered by a tuned version of GM’s venerable 235 cubic inch inline six-cylinder engine that hardly bore the car’s sporty intent. The engine was tuned and rechristened the Blue Flame Six for the Corvette. After an initial surge, sales slowed in late 1954, but the introduction of the new 265 cubic inch V-8 for 1955 saw increased interest in America’s new sports car. Faced with an overabundance of unsold ‘54s, GM limited production of the 1955 model to just 700 units, the second lowest production year for any Corvette. With only 700 units built, and an estimated 250 left in existence, the 1955 Corvette is very "rare" and highly desirable. It is easy to distinguish the V-8 versions from the six-cylinder version. GM had an enlarged gold 'V' in the word 'Chevrolet' located on the front fenders. This meant the vehicle was powered by the V8 engine. The 8-cylinder used a 12-volt while the six cylinder remained with the 6-volt electrical system. Also during this year, Zora Arkus-Duntov, a former European road racer, set a new record in the Daytona 'Measured Mile' reaching a speed slightly above 150 miles per hours. THIS 1955 CORVETTE IS EQUIPPED WITH ITS 265 CU IN, 195 HP V-8 ENGINE, POWERGLIDE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, DIRECTIONAL SIGNALS, HEATER/DEFROSTER, SIGNAL SEEKING RADIO, WINDSHIELD WASHER, PARKING BRAKE ALARM, GOOD YEAR WIDE WHITE WALL TIRES, SIDE CURTAINS, PAINTED ITS ORIGINAL GYPSY RED COLOR WITH AN IVORY INTERIOR! EXTERIOR THIS CORVETTE IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS IN ITS ORIGINAL COLOR GYPSY RED PAINT AND WIDE WHITE WALL GOOD YEAR TIRES! EVERYTHING ON THE EXTERIOR LOOKS JUST LIKE NEW! THE SOFT TOP HAS NOT BEEN USED SINCE THE RESTORATION! THE SIDE CURTAINS ARE STORED IN THE TRUNK. THE EXTERIOR OF THIS 1955 CORVETTE IS ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, BUT THAT’S JUST THE BEGINNING! INTERIOR WHEN YOU SIT DOWN INSIDE THIS CORVETTE, IT’S LIKE BEING IN A TIME CAPSULE FROM 1955. THE IVORY WITH RED STITCHING INTERIOR IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. THIS CORVETTE HAS ITS ORIGINAL SIGNAL SEEKING RADIO AND HEATER/DEFROSTER! A LATER STYLE CORVETTE STEERING WHEEL WAS DELIBERATELY INSTALLED BECAUSE THE OWNER LIKES THE WAY IT LOOKS BETTER. THAT’S EASY ENOUGH TO CHANGE IF SO DESIRED. EVERYTHING IN THE FULLY RESTORED INTERIOR IS IN AS-NEW CONDITION! ENGINE COMPARTMENT AS WITH THE REST OF THIS AMAZING CORVETTE, THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT HAS BEEN RESTORED TO A VERY HIGH STANDARD. CORVETTE ORIGINAL FINNED ALUMINUM VALVE COVERS WERE INSTALLED BECAUSE THE OWNER LIKES THE WAY IT LOOKS. A SET OF STEEL VALVE COVERS IS IN THE TRUNK. HERE AGAIN, THIS IS EASY ENOUGH TO CHANGE IF SO DESIRED. TRUNK AS YOU PROBABLY EXPECTED BY NOW, THE TRUNK HAS ALSO BEEN RESTORED TO A VERY HIGH STANDARD. IT HAS THE CORRECT TRUNK MAT, STORAGE BAG, ETC. UNDERCARRIAGE THE UNDERCARRIAGE IS SIMPLY STATED SUPERB! IT IS, AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN, TOTALLY RUST-FREE AND WAS BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED. MECHANICALS THIS 1955 CORVETTE IS POWERED BY THE ORIGINAL CHEVROLET 265 CU. IN. 195 HP V-8 ENGINE WITH 4BBL CARBURETOR AND POWERGLIDE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. THE ENGINE RUNS STRONG, THE CAR TRACKS STRAIGHT, AND THE SUSPENSION AND STEERING FEEL GREAT. THE BRAKES STOP THE CAR JUST THE WAY THEY SHOULD! ALL MECHANICALS OPERATE AS NEW. I HAD OCCASSION TO DRIVE THIS 1955 CORVETTE. THIS IS AN EXCEPTIONALLY NICE RUNNING AND DRIVING CORVETTE!!! VIN CODES: Vin# VE55S001493 V=265 CU IN 195 HP V-8 E=Corvette 55=1955 S=St. Louis, Missouri Assembly Plant 001493=Unit # 493 of 700 THIS IS A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DRY CLIMATE CAR! AS SUCH, THERE WERE NEVER ANY WEATHERING OR RUST ISSUES. THAT IS ONE REASON WHY COLLECTORS ARE WILLING TO PAY SUCH HIGH PREMIUMS FOR DRY CLIMATE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CARS! BECAUSE THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR FOR THE V-8 CORVETTE, THE LAST YEAR FOR THE FIRST BODY STYLE, THE SECOND RAREST YEAR WITH ONLY 700 MADE, AND THE FACT THAT THE RESTORATION WAS DONE TO SUCH A VERY HIGH STANDARD, THIS CORVETTE IS EXPECTED TO BE AN EXCELLENT INVESTMENT! THIS IS A STUNNING EXAMPLE OF A BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED 1955 V-8 CORVETTE! IF YOU ARE A CORVETTE ENTHUSIAST, YOU REALLY MUST HAVE THIS FABULOUS ICONIC 1955 V-8 CORVETTE THAT WILL GIVE YOU YEARS OF DRIVING PLEASURE AND IMMENSE PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP! READY TO SHOW OR DRIVE See my (595) 100% Feedbacks and BID WITH CONFIDENCE! BID TO WIN! THIS CORVETTE IS HOUSED IN MY CLIMATE-CONTROLLED GARAGE AND SHOULD DELIGHT EVEN THE MOST ASTUTE COLLECTOR! Vehicle Condition: THIS 1955 CORVETTE IS IN AMAZING RESTORED CONDITION. THIS VERY ATTRACTIVE VINTAGE AMERICAN SPORTS CAR RUNS AND DRIVES WONDERFULLY! Everything appears to be in amazing NEW restored condition. This Corvette has been restored to perfection. As you may have noticed, the owner deviated very slightly from exact stock in a few easy to change ways. The steering wheel is from I believe a 1956, but could easily be replaced. The hood release pull handle is also from a newer model. The air cleaner is from a later year, and finned aluminum valve covers are on the engine because the current owner liked the look. A set of original steel valve covers is in the trunk. The fan blades have been chromed. The coil is not as original. All very easy to change. The windshield wipers, washer, and brake indicator light are not working. No attempt has been made to get them working. The exterior is nothing less than absolutely stunning! There are what appear as tiny fish-eyes in the paint on the rear deck and the truck that you need to really look for to see. There are two almost imperceptible very small cracks in the paint. The convertible top is excellent, having not been used since the restoration. The bumpers, grill, stainless trim, glass, hubcaps and all other exterior chrome looks like new! Everything under the hood looks like new. The hood release cables are sticky and need to be lubed. The side curtains were not restored and are as pictured in the photograph. Lastly, the emergency brake doesn’t always catch. The items listed above are all very minor. Note that the odometer reading listed above is not the total original mileage for the vehicle. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THIS IS AN EXCEPTIONALLY WELL RESTORED AND ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL 1955 CORVETTE! Terms of Sale: BIDS ARE BINDING. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE ASK THEM PRIOR TO BIDDING. A 25% DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED IN THE FORM OF CASHIERS CHECK OR WIRE TRANSFER WITHIN 72 HOURS OF THE CLOSE OF BIDDING. THE REMAINING BALANCE IS DUE IN THE FORM OF CASHIERS CHECK OR WIRE TRANSFER WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THE CLOSE OF BIDDING. THE VEHICLE IS GARAGED IN WEST HILLS, CA AND THE SELLER WILL GLADLY MAKE THE VEHICLE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION. SELLER IS WILLING TO ASSIST WINNING BIDDER IN MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR DELIVERY. HOWEVER, ALL COSTS FOR TRANSPORT & DELIVERY ARE TO BE PAID DIRECTLY TO THE SHIPPER BY THE WINNING BIDDER. I AM LISTING THIS 1955 CORVETTE FOR ITS OWNER! TITLE WILL BE TRANSFERRED DIRECTLY FROM THE OWNER TO THE WINNER OF THIS AUCTION. I AM EXPERIENCED IN VINTAGE CAR SALES AND WILL ASSIST WITH ALL ASPECTS OF THE SALE OF THIS VEHICLE TO ENSURE A SMOOTH AND TROUBLE FREE TRANSACTION. EVERY EFFORT HAS BEEN MADE TO ACCURATELY DESCRIBE THIS VEHICLE AND DISCLOSE ANY KNOWN DEFECTS. AS WITH MOST PRIVATE PARTY SALES, THIS VEHICLE IS SOLD “AS-IS”. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BUYER TO HAVE INSPECTED OR TO HAVE HAD THIS VEHICLE INSPECTED BY A THIRD PARTY, TO HAVE SATISFIED HIMSELF/HERSELF AS TO THE CONDITION AND VALUE, AND TO BID BASED SOLELY UPON THAT JUDGMENT. I ASSUME NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY UNINTENTIONAL MISSTATEMENTS OR REPAIRS THAT MAY BE NEEDED. Seller reserves the right to end this auction early due to prior sale, and to reject bids from anyone with Zero or Negative feedback. If you do not have a good positive feedback rating, please contact me by telephone or the email listed below to discuss your intentions and ability to pay for the car if you are the winning bidder. THIS VEHICLE IS STORED IN A CLIMATE-CONTROLLED GARAGE IN A PROTECTIVE BUBBLE AND IS LOCATED IN WEST HILLS, CALIFORNIA. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS VEHICLE, EMAIL OR CALL STEVE Stevekr2000 at aol dot com *(818) 340-4700* Additional photos are available and all questions will be gladly answered! PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS INVESTMENT GRADE VEHICLE CAN BE FINANCED THROUGH JJ BEST CLASSIC CAR FINANCE. YOU CAN OWN AND ENJOY YOUR DREAM CAR TODAY AND PAY IT OFF OVER TIME! VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT http://www.jjbest.com/ OR CONTACT LENNY FOUGERE AT (800) USA-1965 FOR MORE DETAILS.



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