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1955 Corvette Performance & Specifications

Powertrain, Steering, Brakes, Dimensions, & Suspension

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Chevrolet Introduced the Corvette in 1953

In 1954, with the Corvette on the verge of being discontinued indefinitely, a “stay of execution” emerged from the unlikeliest of places.  Historically, it is well known that General Motors and Ford Motor Company have always shared more than a friendly rivalry.  In many instances, the actions of one company were often guided, sometimes even dictated, by the actions of the other.  So it was with the Chevrolet Corvette.

For more: 1955 Corvette Research Guide

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