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1955 Corvette Specs

1955 Corvette C1 at Barrett Jackson auction. Color: Gypsy Red
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Body Specs

Wheelbase 102 inches
Front Track 56.70 inches
Rear Track 58.80 inches
Length 167.00 inches
Width 72.24 inches
Height (at Windshield) 48.50 inches
Turning Circle 36.55 feet (right); 36.93 feet (left)
Steering ratio 16:1
Shipping Weight
(fuel and water not included)
2695 lbs. (Six Cylinder); 2665 lbs. (V8)
(No Radio / Heater)
Axle Ratio 3.55:1
Tire Size 6.70-15 4 Ply Rating


V8 Engine Specs

Type: V8
Valve Location: In Head
Bore / Stroke: 3.750 / 3.00
Displacement: 265 Cubic Inches
Compression Ratio: 8.0 : 1
Maximum Brake Horsepower: 195 @ 5,000 RPM
Maximum Torque: 260 lb. ft. @ 3,000 RPM
Crankshaft Material: Drop Forged Steel
Crankshaft Weight: 47.75 lbs.
Piston Weight: 18.77 oz.
Recommended Idle: 425 (In Drive)
Camshaft Material: Cast Alloy Iron
Oil Pump Type: Gear
Normal Oil Pressure 30 psi @ 1170 - 1200 RPM
Oil Pressure Gauge Electric
Crankcase Oil Capacity (less filter) 4 Quarts
Recommended Oil Grade Above 32°: SAE 20W or 30W
To 10°: SAE 20W
To -10°: SAE 10W
Below -10°: SAE 5W
Fuel Tank 17.25 Gallons
Fuel Filter None
Fuel Pump Mechanical
Fuel Pressure 4 - 5¼ psi
Carburetor Carter WCFB 2218S
Cooling System Capacity (without heater) 16 Quarts
Cooling System Capacity (with heater) 17 Quarts
Battery (six cylinder engine) Delco 15AA6-W (Six volt, 15 plate)
100 Amp-hour @ 20 hour rate
Battery (eight cylinder engine) Delco 25M50-W (12 volt, nine plate)
50 Amp-hour @ 20 hour rate
Ignition System
Coil Delco-Remy 1115086
Coil current rating 4 amps
Breaker Gap .016 - .021"
Ignition Timing 4° BTC @ idle
Ignition Timing Centrifugal Advance 16° @ 1800 RPM
Ignition Timing Vacuum Advance 13 ¾° @ 15" Hg.
Spark Plug AC 43-5R
Spark Plug Thread 14 mm.
Spark Plug Torque 20 - 25 lb.-ft.
Spark Plug Gap .033 - .038
Firing Order 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2

1955 Corvette Options

RPO Description Production Price