Lot 257: Chevrolet Corvette C1 Roadster
America started its love affair with the British sports car in the 1950s and it did not go unnoticed that sports cars attracted customers to showrooms. At the time 'dream cars' were a feature of American motor shows and late in 1951 Harley Earl, General Motors' chief stylist, sketched out a sports car named the Corvette which, in January 1953, was shown at the Motorama in New York. Production began in June of the same year with the standard six cylinder 160bhp engine, but by 1956 this had grown into a V8 of 265cu.in., developing between 180 and 220bhp according to the state of tune. A fibreglass body was fitted from the start; early cars could reach 105mph compared to the Ford Thunderbird's 115mph but the Corvette had superior acceleration and handled better.
Most people consider that the early cars are much better looking than the later ones and is there perhaps a hint of the Mercedes 300SL about them? It is believed that 3,467 cars were made in 1956, but sales increased quite dramatically after this, and within 10 years they were up to nearly 28,000 a year.
This 5.6 litre V8 manual Corvette Roadster has been restored in 2002 and 2003 at cost of approximately �30,000 by German marque specialists, copy invoices of which are available in the cars file.
This early classic Corvette is still in superb condition and beautifully finished in red with white side inserts and white interior and hood. Coming with German paperwork this classic American sports car is ready to be enjoyed by its next lucky owner and not to be missed.
Coys, Essen, Germany
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||€63401|
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|Number of doors||2|