Harvest Gold w/Green soft top and Yellow interior, 265/195hp V8, 3-spd. manual transmission.
First, it should be stated that only 700 Corvettes were produced in ’55. Second in rarity only to the ‘53’s at only 300. Of the 700 produced, only the last 25 were 3 spd. manual transmission cars. All the rest were 2 spd. Powerglide automatics. The two cars presented here (#699 & #700) happen to be the very last ‘55 Corvettes produced! And #700 was the very last body in the 1st generation series from ‘53, ‘54 and ‘55 Corvettes.
Now for a brief and fascinating history of these two cars:
Number 699 was purchased from Harry Mann Chevrolet in Los Angeles, CA. by Clark D. Hussey.
Nine months after Clark purchased this car, he was driving around in #699 with his wife and his brother-in-law, Paul Malsom. They passed by Harry Mann Chevrolet, and saw another Harvest Gold ‘55 in the lot and decided to have a look at it. That car was #700.
At that time, VIN numbers on cars were of no importance. But, since this other car in the lot was the same color and was also a three speed, Clark wanted Paul to buy it so they would have matching cars. Clark convinced Paul to purchase #700, and Clark co-signed the loan for him. Clark was 42 years old at the time, and Paul was only 21.
Paul owned #700 for 4 years – until he joined the US Navy in 1959. He told Clark that he could not keep the car, and needed to sell it.
Clark said that he would buy the car from him, and would sell it back to Paul when he got out of the USN if he wanted it back.
When Paul finished his service with the USN after 4 years, he did not want the car since he was moving back to his hometown of Linton, ND.
Clark Hussey kept both #699 and #700 until he passed away in 1991. At that time, he left the cars to his two daughters, Carolyn and Marie. Carolyn and Marie kept the cars until the current owner purchased them both in 2016.
With the exception of very little touch-up, these are both original paint cars, and the majority of the interior is original in both of them, as well. However, it was deemed necessary to replace some of the interior in both cars. The owner had material manufactured, and seat covers made. They match perfectly.
The original interior seat covers for #700 as still available, and will go with the car when sold. The carpet has also been replaced with the exact correct material.
The original carpets had deteriorated to dust.
The door panels, seat filler panels, glove box doors, side curtain bags, trunk division panels, windshields and trunk mats are all original to both cars, as well as everything else in the trunks, and are in very nice condition. All of the weather strip is also original to both cars.
The original, working headlight bulbs for both cars still exist, and they go with them, as well. Replacement bulbs are in the cars now. The originals were replaced for safe keeping since original, working bulbs are impossible to find.
Of course, both cars have new correct tires and exhaust systems.
Both cars have their original, Green convertible tops on them and both have been completely gone through. Everything works, and they both run and operate perfectly.
Everything on both cars is correct – down to the last bolt.
It is believed that the drivetrains are completely original to both cars.
Both cars were inspected by N.C.R.S. ‘81, and the Data Sheets are available.
All casting numbers, dates, etc. are the same as they were back then.
Clark Hussey had a real passion for these cars, and his daughters knew and appreciated that they had something rare. Both cars were very well cared for, and were always rust free, CA. Corvettes.