1956 Chevrolet Corvette C1 RoadsterSOLD
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Estimate: $70,000-$90,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $68,750

225hp, 265 cu. in. V8 engine with dual-four barrel carburetors, three-speed manual transmission, front independent A-arm suspension with coil springs and rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic springs with finned four- wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102"

From the start, the Corvette Roadster was “ special ” in its design and construction. Its first GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) body was molded into a shape that is appreciated today more than ever for its sensuous form. The Corvette was unveiled in the ballroom of the Waldorf=Astoria in New York early in 1953, and remarkably, the new American sports car rolled off the assembly line a scant five months after its debut.

The legendary Harley Earl, Vice-President (Design) of General Motors was the father of the sensational new Corvette. Other notables involved included Bob McLean, Maurice Olley, Ed Cole and, shortly before production began, Zora Arkus Duntov.

Although the Corvette was conceived to be assembled from mostly production parts and eventually have a steel body, it just didn ’ t happen. Even the way Corvettes were assembled was different. Rather than on an assembly line, the new sports cars were assembled by small groups of technicians.

Visually, the Corvette changed very little in its first three years of production; however, 1956 would mark the first year that the convertible roadster would receive a major makeover. Although the grille remained virtually unchanged, the front end was significantly modified with new fenders that accommodated chrome-rimmed headlights that sat higher and were no longer covered by mesh. For the first time the Corvette was given its now iconic side-coves and sloping rear fenders with integrated taillights.

One of 3,467 Corvettes produced in 1956, the example offered here is finished in Robin ’ s Egg Blue with white coves and a light-tan interior. It comes with the desirable removable hard top in addition to its soft top. Although its frame-off restoration was completed some time ago, due to exemplary upkeep and ownership, visually and mechanically the Roadster remains in impressive condition throughout. The odometer shows 5,238 miles, which is believed to be an accurate measurement of the total mileage driven since the Corvette was restored. With the optional 283 cubic inch V8 engine fitted with dual-quad carburetors to produce an awesome 225hp, and mated to a three-speed manual transmission, this Corvette was one of the most formidable sports cars in its day.

Reference Number 11129

as of 7/12/2007

Car 1956 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Roadster
VIN E56S002548 
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