Second Rarest Production Corvette Sells for $86K at Barrett-Jackson

This Corvette was manufactured in March of 1955 and is the 164th car of just 700 total Corvettes produced for the car’s third model year. Finished in its original Pennant Blue, it is one of just 45 cars delivered in that color for 1955. The only rarer color that year was Corvette Copper, of which only 15 are reported to have been built.

A year after moving Corvette production to St. Louis, 1955 was also the first year of V8 Corvette production with the 265 CI, 195 HP engine. The year is also significant as being the final year for building the original body style and the second lowest ever production year total. Only rarer are the 300 Corvettes built in the first year of production, 1953.

The car has been in the well known collection of Carl D. Barnes for the last 25 years and was reported to be in pristine condition throughout, including the well-preserved, light beige interior and matching vinyl top and the original 265/195 HP V8 with Powerglide transmission that came with car.

The car is fully equipped with all of 1955’s “mandatory options,” include directional signals, heater, AM signal seeking radio, white wall tires, parking brake alarm, courtesy lights and windshield washers.

The 1955 Corvette is significant not just for its rarity, but as the beginning of the Corvette performance revolution. The addition of the 265 CI engine was the first step. The late year arrival of a three-speed manual transmission would be the next.  With a significant restyling and improvements in creature comforts, the Corvette would emerge as a sports car in its own right for 1956.

About the author

Don Roy

Don's background includes 14 years in the OEM and Tier2 domestic auto industry, as well as three years as Technical Editor of a muscle car enthusiast print magazine. He is a mechanical engineer by trade and completed his first project car when he was 16 years old - after rebuilding the engine in his bedroom. His hobbies include photography, film making and building the odd robot from time to time.
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