Located this gem of a Corvette today at the 23rd Annual Goodguys Car Show. Second owner car (purchased in 1965). Of the 700 Vettes manufactured that year, this is number 356. According to the owner there are only 254 of these cars on the road today.
From The Corvette Story:
After three model years [1953-1955], it did not look good. Chevrolet had a new plant capable of producing 10,000 Corvettes a year, yet only sold 700 in 1955. Customers did not seem interested and dealers, many of whom lost money on 1954 models.
With such a disastrous beginning, how did the Corvette survive?
In 1955 Ford introduced the two seater Thunderbird…It succeeded, which presented a dilemma for Chevrolet: should they abandon the Corvette, it would appear that they had lost in the two seat category. Corporate egos are powerful things and a new Corvette would be available in 1956.