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Rare Copper 1955 Corvette to Cross the Sothebys Auction Block

Rare Copper 1955 Corvette to Cross the Sothebys Auction Block

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What you’re looking at here is the 22nd Corvette built in 1955 and one of 15 Copper colored Corvettes built that year. Located in Spain, it’s been carefully restored, and as you can see, is presented in immaculate condition – resprayed in its original copper paint with creme interior and matching fabric roof. It’s set to cross the auction block in February 2017 as part of RM Sotheby’s Retromobile sale in Paris, France. Below is the actual auction listing:

Chassis no:  VE55S001022

195 bhp, 265 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102 in.

  • One of only 15 examples finished in Corvette Copper; one of four known to exist
  • The 22nd production Corvette built for the 1955 model year
  • Fully restored and presented in immaculate condition

Nineteen fifty-five was a very good year for the Corvette, and arguably the year that saved the model from extinction. For the 1955 model year, Chevrolet finally did away with the anaemic ‘Blue Flame’ straight-six and replaced it with the 265-cubic inch V-8, bringing much needed performance and soul to America’s Sports Car.

As in years past, most Corvettes left the factory finished in Polo White with a Red interior. However, a handful of cars were finished in other colours. The rarest colour for the 1955 model year was Corvette Copper, used on only 15 cars. Of those, only four examples are known to exist today, one of which is that presented here.

Adding to its provenance, this is the 22nd Corvette built of 700 produced for the model year. In the custodianship of its current Spanish owner, the Corvette was fully restored to its original specifications. Attesting to the car’s original colour, the rear wall of the trunk was preserved with the original Corvette Copper, as found during the restoration. Furthermore, it is worth noting that the car is accompanied by a small restoration booklet produced by the owner, which includes photographs of the restoration process from start to finish.

A splendid example both inside and out, this very rare Corvette represents a landmark year in Corvette history and will certainly stand out amongst its peers.

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Rob Loszewski Robert M. Loszewski is the Owner and Site Administrator of the Corvette Action Center; a quality-driven Corvette news and information web site that he started in 2000. Over the years, Loszewski has built the Corvette Action Center into one of the largest online repositories of Corvette information going all the way back to 1953. In his spare time, he can be found enjoying his 1990 Corvette ZR-1 along the seacoast of New Hampshire and Maine.
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