Lot 292 - 1956 Chevrolet Corvette C1
|Odometer reading||18,245 miles|
|Estimate||£39,000 - £44,000|
General Motors hired designer Harley Earl in 1927. Earl loved sports cars, and GIs returning after serving in Europe during World War II were bringing home MGs, Jaguars, Alfa Romeos and the like. Even the small independent automaker, Nash Motors, began selling a two-seat sports car in 1951. Earl convinced GM that they also needed to build a two-seat sports car. Earl and his Special Projects crew began working on the new car later that year which was code named 'Opel'. The result was the 1953 Corvette, unveiled to the public at that year's Motorama car show. Taking its name from the corvette, a small, manoeuvrable fighting frigate, the first Corvettes were virtually handbuilt in Flint, Michigan in Chevrolet's Customer Delivery Centre. The outer body was made out of a revolutionary new composite material called fibreglass, selected in part because of limiting steel quotas left over from the Korean War. Underneath that radical new body were standard Chevrolet components, including the 'Blue Flame' inline six-cylinder truck engine, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission and drum brakes from Chevrolet's regular car line. The addition of a V8 engine mated to a three speed manual transmission was probably the single most important in the car's history, helped turn the Corvette from a two-seat curiosity into a genuine performer.
This 1956 Chevrolet Corvette was imported to the UK in 2013 by the vendor who purchased the car in California from Mr. Anthony (Bud) Carney, he had owned the car for thirty years purchasing it from Mr. Bruce Hahn in 1983 who had spent from 1978 to 1980 restoring it. Finished in the classic Corvette colours of red with a white insert, matching red hardtop and red interior, this car is in excellent condition throughout, the only change the current owner has done is to replace the crossply tyres with period looking radial tyres which has improved the handling tenfold. It is supplied with a V5C registration document, a copy of the last American title certificate and a file full of invoices relating to parts purchased, particularly between 1978 and 1980. A 1950's American icon with a V8 motor making sound as good as it looks.
Previous lotLot 291 - 1927 Buick Master Six Sport Tourer
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