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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 a Measured Miles¯ 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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