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1955 Corvette Performance & Specifications

Powertrain, Steering, Brakes, Dimensions, & Suspension

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1955 Corvette Specifications

1955 Corvette Main Specs

MODEL: 1955 Chevrolet Corvette
BODY STYLE: Two-door convertible, front-engine, rear-wheel drive
MANUFACTURING LOCATION: St. Louis, Missouri
CONSTRUCTION: Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP or “fiberglass”) body, steel frame with steel and chrome structural & chassis components.
VEHICLE NUMBERS (VIN): VE55S001 thru VE55S001700 (for 6 cylinder models, “V” is omitted.)
VIN PREFIX: FG: 265 CUBIC INCH, 195 HORSEPOWER, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
GR: 265 CUBIC INCH, 195 HORSEPOWER, MANUAL TRANSMISSION
YG: 235 CUBIC INCH, 155 HORSEPOWER, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ENGINE BLOCK NUMBER: 3703524: 265 CUBIC INCH, 195 HORSEPOWER,
3835911: 235 CUBIC, 155 HORSEPOWER (6 CYLINDER)
HEAD NUMBER: 3703523: 265 CUBIC INCH, 195 HORSEPOWER,  3836241: 235 CUBIC, 155 HORSEPOWER (6 CYLINDER)
CARBURETOR NUMBERS: CARTER 2066SA #3706989: 235 CUBIC INCH, 155 HORSEPOWER (6 CYLINDER)
CARTER 2218S #33717687: 265 CUBIC INCH, 195 HORSEPOWER (FIRST DESIGN))
CARTER 2351S #3724158: 265 CUBIC INCH, 195 HORSEPOWER (SECOND DESIGN)
DISTRIBUTOR NUMBER: 1110847: 265 CUBIC INCH, 195 HORSEPOWER (WITHOUT VACUUM ADVANCE)
1110855: 265 CUBIC INCH, 195 HORSEPOWER (WITH VACUUM ADVANCE)
1112314: 235 CUBIC INCH, 155 HORSEPOWER (6 CYLINDER)
GENERATOR NUMBER: 1102525: 265 CUBIC INCH, 195 HORSEPOWER
1102793: 235 CUBIC INCH, 155 HORSEPOWER (6 CYLINDER)
STARTER NUMBER: 1107627: 265 CUBIC INCH, 195 HORSEPOWER (FIRST DESIGN)
1107645: 265 CUBIC INCH, 195 HORSEPOWER (SECOND DESIGN)
1108035: 235 CUBIC INCH, 155 HORSEPOWER (6 CYLINDER)
PRODUCTION ENDING VEHICLE: JANUARY, 1955: 001027, FEBRUARY, 1955: 001110, MARCH, 1955: 001150, APRIL, 1955: 001200, MAY, 1955: 001300, JUNE, 1955: 001389, JULY, 1955: 001489, AUGUST, 1955: 001555,  SEPTEMBER, 1955: 001599, OCTOBER, 1955: 001634, NOVEMBER, 1955: 001688, DECEMBER, 1955: 001700

1955 C1 Corvette Engine

1955 Corvette Engine & Transmission

ENGINE: 3.8 OHV I-6 “Blue Flame”, Normally Aspirated, Water Cooled
BLOCK MATERIAL: Cast Iron
VALVE TRAIN: OHV, 2 valves per cyl.
TORQUE: 223 lb-ft @ 2.400 rpm
MAX. ENGINE RPM: N/A
DISPLACEMENT: 3.85 Litre/235.5 Cubic Inches
CYLINDER HEAD MATERIAL: Cast Iron
FUEL DELIVERY: Three Carter Sidedraft Carbs.
RECOMMENDED FUEL: N/A
BORE: 3.56 x 3.95 inches
COMPRESSION RATIO: 8.00:1
HORSEPOWER: 150/155 HP @ 4200 RPM
EST. MPG: N/A
TRANSMISSION: 2-SPEED POWERGLIDE AUTOMATIC
STANDARD AXLE RATIO: 3.55:1

 

ENGINE: 4.3 OHV V-8, Normally Aspirated, Water Cooled
BLOCK MATERIAL: Cast Iron
VALVE TRAIN: OHV, 2 valves per cyl.
TORQUE: 260 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm
MAX. ENGINE RPM: N/A
DISPLACEMENT: 4.34 Litre/265 Cubic Inches
CYLINDER HEAD MATERIAL: Cast Iron
FUEL DELIVERY: Carter 4 Barrel Carburetor
RECOMMENDED FUEL: N/A
BORE: 3.75 x 3.00 inches
COMPRESSION RATIO: 8.00:1
HORSEPOWER: 195 HP @ 5000 RPM
EST. MPG: N/A
TRANSMISSION: 3-SPEED MANUAL (STANDARD),  2-SPEED POWERGLIDE AUTO (OPTION)
STANDARD AXLE RATIO: 3.55:1

1955 Corvette Car Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions Interior Dimensions
Wheelbase: 102 Inches Headroom: N/A
Overall Length: 167 Inches Shoulder Room: N/A
Total Body Width: 72.2 Inches Hip Room: N/A
Overall Height: 51.3 Inches Leg Room: N/A
Front Track Width: 57 Inches
Rear Track Width: 58.8 Inches

 

Capacities
Passenger Capacity: 2 Passengers
Curb Weight (LBS/KG): 2,851/1,293   2,910/1,320 (V-8)
Cargo Volume (CU.FT/LITERS): 22.4/634.4
Fuel Capacity (GALLONS/LITERS): 18/68
 Engine Oil Capacity (QTS./LITERS): 5.5

1955 Corvette Wheels, Suspension & Brakes

Wheels & Tires
Front Tires: 6.70 x 15 inch, 22 psi.
Rear Tires: 6.70 x 15 inch, 22 psi.
Front Wheels: Steel disc with safety rims. 15 x 5k
Rear Wheels: Steel disc with safety rims.  15 x 5k

Suspension
Front: Independent; upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, antiroll bar, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers.
Rear: Live axle on semi-elliptic leaf springs, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers

 

Brakes
Front: Hydraulic Drum Brakes. 11 inch drums
Rear: Hydraulic Drum Brakes. 11 inch drums

1955 Corvette Performance

Published Track Test Performance Results 6 Cylinder 8 Cylinder
0-30 MPH: 3.6 Seconds 3.3 Seconds
0-60 MPH: 11.1 Seconds 8.7 Second
0-100 MPH: 39.0 Seconds 24.7 Seconds
Quarter Mile: 17.90 Seconds @ 77.0 mph 16.7 Seconds @ 83.0 mph
Top Speed: 108 MPH 118 MPH