Unfortunately for Chevrolet, the 1950s weren’t good for their sales records and many of the models that rolled out received lackluster enthusiasm from buyers. That is until Project Opel spurred the creation of the very first Corvette, modeled after a British speedster. While it wasn’t the best quality of car, it created the love affair that Americans have with the Corvette. That’s part of why C1 Corvette parts are still in demand. Use this guide to help you discover everything you need to know.
History of the C1 Corvette
With initial enthusiasm for the original Corvette in 1953, Chevrolet worked overtime to produce the first model, which had 150 horsepower. That year saw sales of just 183 of the models. The next year, 1954, the horsepower went up and there were three colors to choose from. But buyers still didn’t feel like they were buying a sports car because it wasn’t very fast.
The following year, in 1955, the Corvette came with a V8 engine and more horsepower, launching the Corvette’s name out to the American public and starting the obsession with the car that continues for many drivers and collectors today.
What Was So Great About the 1955 Corvette
The V8 engine was only part of the reason this year’s model got so popular and continues to be so today. The car had 195 horsepower and could go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 8.5 seconds. This year is also when the car began to feature a three-speed transmission and was able to reach speeds of up to 120 miles per hour.
In short, 1955 is the year that the Corvette began to look like a sports car, as well as feel like driving one. It’s also the year that the popularity of the Corvette name would begin to take hold in America. People all over the country would love to have this iconic Corvette, which means that the parts are also in demand.
How Much is it Worth?
If you’re a collector or simply in the market for a 1955 C1 Corvette, cost is likely a factor. It pays to understand the value so you know if you’re getting a good deal or if you should keep looking. The condition of the car is one of the largest contributors to its value. Because only 700 of the models went to dealers in 1955, it’s a rare model to come across, which makes the cost higher.
Some auctions have seen a 1955 Corvette C1 sold for over $100,000. The 1955 model is credited with the future success of the Corvette brand, which also plays a role in its overall value. These cars are several decades old, which means that some of them need restoration to get back to their original pristine condition, which drives the demand for the Corvette C1 parts.
Finding Corvette C1 parts isn’t always an easy task. But we can help. Here at CS of MD West, we specialize in used Corvette parts and can assist you with your 1955 Corvette C1 restoration project. Call us today and we’ll help you get started.