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1953-1955 CHEVROLET Corvette C1 specifications

1953-1955 CHEVROLET Corvette C1 specifications Classic and Performance Car

Conceived as an image-builder, the Corvette was built in glassfibre because that was the quickest and cheapest way to get it into production. Only 300 were completed in 1953, all hand-built; these now command almost double the prices quoted here for ‘54/55 ‘Vettes. Most of this first series of Corvettes used a 3.8-litre straight-six and all but seven of the paltry 700 built in 1955 used a new 4.3-litre V8. The low numbers were because GM still had plenty of ‘54 Corvettes left to sell and nearly pulled the plug. Now, of course, these models are very collectible.

Production

  • Production:
    4640
  • Price (excellent)
    £100,000
  • Price (good):
    £75,500
  • Price (average):
    £50,000
  • Price (project):
    £27,500

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    11.0secs
  • Top speed:
    107.0mph
  • Power:
    150.0bhp
  • Torque:
    172.0lb/ft

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line six
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, wishbones, coil springs
  • Suspension Rear:
    Solid axle with longitudinal leaf springs
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and glassfibre body
  • Transmission:
    Two-speed automatic

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4242mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2590mm
  • Width:
    1834mm
  • Height:
    1323mm
  • Weight:
    1227kgs

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