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1955 Corvette

  • The V8 engine was introduced for the very first time.

  • Less production for this year only 700 cars because of the excess 1954 models, and Ford’s popular Thunderbird.

  • Zora Arkus-Duntov, an engineer on the Corvette team since 1953 and a former European road racer saved Corvette.  He drove a prototype V8 powered Corvette and set out a new record in the Daytona “Measured Mile” at just over 150 mph which gained some much needed recognition for the Corvette. He would be remembered as the “grandfather of Corvette” for his contributions.

  • More power was added with the addition of a 265 cid V8 rated at 195 bhp as well as the option of a 3-speed manual transmission by mid-1955.

 

  • Engines:
    235 (3x1 bbl) I6 150 bhp @ 4200 rpm, 223 lb-ft @ 2400 rpm.
    265 (4 bbl) V8 195 bhp @ 5000 rpm.

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