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’55 Corvette Leaves Lasting Impression On Family

It’s nearly impossible to mention a sports car these days without mentioning your favorite generation Corvette. Whether you’re into Camaros, Chevelles or even the foreign exchange Porsche, there’s no denying at least one of the seven generations of Corvette’s to choose a favorite.

If you weren’t aware, Corvette turned sixty years old, marking when the first of 300 fiberglass-bodied Corvettes rolled off the assembly line at the General Motors factory in Flint, Michigan, according to, nydailynews.com. While 3,640 Corvettes were built in 1954, sadly, only about 2,500 were ever sold. Unfortunately, six-cylinder sports cars were not a favorite at the time. However, GM smartened up for ’55 and offered the new model with a venerable 265ci, 195 horsepower Turbo-Fire V8 – one of Chevrolet’s first small-block engines – or a more powerful 155-horsepower Blue Flame six-cylinder. 

While the newer 265-inch small-block wasn’t a big seller, there was one who purchased the Corvette, a contractor in allentown, Pa. From there, the all original ’55 ‘Vette with Corvette Copper exterior paint and the light Beige interior upholstery changed hands again in 1964. It was then bought by a local dentist, Ray  Peters. The Corvette was 9 years old by then and used as a daily driver.

Nydailynews.com reports, “The Corvette saw daily use with the four-barrel carburetor drinking fuel from the 17.25-gallon fuel tank. Other liquid capacities include a 5-quart crankcase and a 17.75-quart cooling system.” It was also optioned out with a Wonderbar radio, heater, white sidewall tires, turn signals, windshield washers, parking brake alarm and courtesy lights. However, lacked power-assisted anything.

Nydailnews.com goes on to explain where the Corvette is now with on of the second-owner’s (Dentist) son, Andy Peters. “After his father’s death in 2001, Andy says his mother suggested that he give the car a good home. Peters had the Corvette trucked to his home in Virginia. Since then the odometer has turned over 100,000 miles and is nearing the 103,400-mile mark. Now that the car is at his home he has the time to admire the 23-chrome teeth in the grille and the full wheel covers on the 6.70×15-inch tires, as well as the gold “V” in signature Chevrolet script on the bodyside, which identifies it as a Corvette with a V-8 engine. With few exceptions Peter’s Corvette is virtually in original condition. When in the driver’s seat Peters can see the 140-mph speedometer and the well worn steering wheel. He could have the steering wheel repainted, but he won’t.”

Peters reminisces, “My dad wore the paint off that wheel.” If that ain’t cool we don’t know what is…

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