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1955 Chevrolet Corvette
Corvette was doing so hot in 1955, so by mid year Chevrolet added more power and better handling...a wise decision.

1955 Chevrolet Corvette

Keeping with the same 1953-54 styling, Chevrolet marked the Corvette with a gold “V” in the Corvette body-side name script to identify the new V-8, equipped to most all of the 700 cars built for 1955 model year. As sales fell to just 700 units GM began a push to end the Corvette. However, Zora Arkus-Duntov, a former European road racer and engineer on the Corvette team since 1953, was determined to save the Corvette and make it a contender. By offering the two things the Corvette was lacking the most, more power and better handling. By mid-1955, additional horse power was added with the addition of the Turbo-Fire 265 V8 rated at 195 hp as well as the option of a 3-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, Duntov drove a prototype V8 powered Corvette to a new record in the Daytona "Measured Mile" at just over 150 mph which helped gain some much needed recognition for the Corvette.

1955 Chevrolet Corvette Production Numbers

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Corvette - Six-Cyl
E 2934 2 Dr Roadster $2,774 2,705 lbs Note 1
Corvette - V-8
E 2934 2 Dr Roadster $2,909 2,870 lbs Note 1

NOTES:

  1. Total production of both models was 700.

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Lenght Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Corvette 102 in 167 in 70.5 in 57 in 58.8 in 6.70 x 15

VIN Numbers

Serial Numbers were stamped on a plate on the left front door hinge pillar (center pillar on Corvair and on the driver-side door post on Corvette). The Fisher Body number plate on the right-hand side of the cowl gives additional information such as the body style number, the production sequence number, the trim (upholstery) number code and the paint number code.

First Symbol - Engine Type
V - V-8 Six Cylinder Vehicles Did Not Have A Letter
Second Symbol - Model
A - 150 D - Sedan Delivery
B - 210 E - Corvette
C - Bel Air  
Third & Fourth Symbol - Model Year
53 - 1953 54 - 1954 55 - 1955 56 - 1956
Fifth Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Atlanta, Georgia (L) Los Angeles, California
(B) Baltimore, Maryland (N) Norwood, Ohio
(F) Flint, Michigan (O) Oakland, California
(J) Janesville, Wisconsin (S) St. Louis, Missouri
(K) Kansas City, Missouri (T) Tarrytown, New York
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 1001

1955 Chevrolet Corvette Options

Code Description Price
100 Directional Signals $16.75
101A Heater $91.40
102A Signal Seeking AM Radio $145.15
290B 6.70 x 15 White Sidewall Tires $26.90
313M Powerglide Transmission $178.35
420A Parking Brake Alarm $5.65
421A Courtesy Lights $4.05
422A Windshield Washer $11.85

1955 Chevrolet Corvette Engine Options

Location Of Engine Code: Stamped on the block in front of the right hand cylinder head.

Letter Code Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission Carburetor
F255GR 8-265 195 260 3-Speed Manual 4 BC
F55FG 8-265 195 260 Powerglide 4 BC
F55YG 6-235.5 155 223 Powerglide 3 - 1 BC

1955 Chevrolet Corvette Exterior Paint Codes

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image
567 - Polo White
Lucite® Code - 1783H
Not Available 632 - Harvest Gold
Lucite® Code - 2004H
Not Available
570 - Blue
Lucite® Code - 1927
Not Available 573 - Bronze
Lucite® Code - 2187H
Not Available
596 - Gypsy Red
Lucite® Code - 1973H
Not Available  
NOTES: Color Combination Numbers are on a plate on the right side of the dash panel, under the hood, immediately below the heater water control valve (Ranco Valve).

1955 Chevrolet Corvette Interior Paint Codes

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

Not Available
Lucite® Code - Not Available

Not Available Not Available
Lucite® Code - Not Available
Not Available

Axle Codes

Location Of Axle Codes: The axles for Chevrolet will be built by Chevrolet Buffalo, Chevrolet Gear and Axle, Buick, Oldsmobile, and McKinnon. Divisional Manufacturer code letters will be metal stamped on the axle tube adjacent to the carrier for identification. Metal stamp on left rear axle tube on the rear side, letters and numerals 3/16 in. high, 3 in. outboard of carrier.

Codes - Non-Locking Codes - Locking Ratio Inspection Cover
AD   3.27 12 Bolt
AE   3.36 12 Bolt
AH AN 3.70 12 Bolt
AJ AP 4.11 12 Bolt
  AQ 4.56 12 Bolt
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