Naturally, the Detroit automaker didn’t just start production of Corvettes with the new stick shift without proper testing. And, allegedly, this 1955 ‘ Vette produced in June 1955 was “used by the manufacturer as a prototype to evaluate the three-speed manual transmission.” Now, one can choose to believe or not the dealer's description (goes by the 911r username on Bring a Trailer).
What remains is the fact that we are dealing with one of just 700 Corvettes created for 1955, and possibly one of the very first examples to have a stick shift in the cockpit. According to the story shared on the auction portal, the crimson on light beige with red stitching upholstery Chevy was a California dweller during the 1960s before moving to Oregon in 1988.
Once there, it underwent a proper refurbishment procedure and a second refresh was completed recently after the current owner bought the ‘Vette in 2018. Naturally, it looks pristine and the consigning dealer knows how to put in the perfect spotlight – just check out the professional photo session tucked inside the gallery and dare say it isn’t so.
Power comes from an equally stunning 265ci V8 engine and other highlights include a tan soft top, headlight grilles, heater and AM radio as creature comforts, as well as an NCRS Top Flight award, along with a clean Oregon title. With a little over eight hours left on the auction clock, it’s no wonder the current highest bid has surged to $82,500. Still, it’s anyone’s guess if that will be enough to cover for the reserve...