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Chevrolet Corvette

(1955 model)

Brief specs of 1955 Chevrolet Corvette

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 4344 cm3 / 265.1 cu in / 265.1 cu in, 145.4 kW / 195.0 hp / 195.0 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, 353.0 N·m / 260.4 lb·ft / 260.4 lb·ft @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, rear wheel drive

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)ChevroletIssued from1955
ModelCorvetteIssued until
SerieCorvetteNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerGeneral Motor CompanyCountryUS

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typedrophead coupé (convertible coupé)Number of seats2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)4730 l / 167.04 cu ft / 167.04 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4242 mm / 167.0 in / 167.0 inTotal (curb) weight1227 kg / 2705 lb / 2705 lb
Width1834 mm / 72.2 in / 72.2 inDry weight
Height1323 mm / 52.1 in / 52.1 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2590 mm / 102.0 in / 102.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track frontTowing weight
Track rearWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearanceFuel capacity60 l / 13.2 UK gal / 15.9 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.64  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)2.06 m2 / 22.2 sq ft / 22.2 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders8
Engine TypeV engine (V8)Total number of valves16
Engine ManufacturerChevroletValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore95.2 mm / 3.75 in / 3.75 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke76.2 mm / 3.00 in / 3.00 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.25
Fuel supply1 carbEngine displacement4344 cm3 / 265.1 cu in / 265.1 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity543.00 cm3/cylinder / 33.136 cu in/cylinder / 33.136 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio8.0 : 1
SumpMax. output power145.4 kW / 195.0 hp / 195.0 hp at 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque353.0 N·m / 260.4 lb·ft / 260.4 lb·ft at 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)58.2 kW / 78.0 hp / 78.0 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output33.5 kW/l / 0.736 bhp/cu in / 0.736 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque81.3 N·m/l / 0.71 lb·ft/cu in / 0.71 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typeNumber of gears
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio
  Final gear (drive) ratio

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio158.9 kW/ton / 120.4 bhp/ton / 120.4 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontIndependent, Coil springsSuspension rearLive axle, Leaf spring
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front6.70 x 15Tyres rear6.70 x 15
Brakes frontdrumBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsABS (anti-lock braking system)Braked area

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