Historical photo examples of early model Corvettes produced and modified for use around the world. This site features Corvettes that were produced for VIP's, Kings, Ambassadors, a Prince and Export GM Show Cars. See the differences of the Export Corvettes vs the USA versions. Also as thirty plus years of collecting has rolled by,information on the export Corvair, Camaro, Chevrolet and Buick have been included. Also there is some Ford and Chrysler pictures included.
Date(s): 1953 - 1982. Album by James Hurt. Photos by Various Contributers. 49 - 72 of 362 Total. 5284 Visits.
49 1954 Aluminum bodied Corvette Recently the Corvette was restored and repainted silver
50 1954 Corvette Ghia interior
51 CH 20-94 Plate number The drawings 1954-1958 show the same plate as placed on the real life Corvette. The CH indicates "SWISS"
52 Rear view Nice paint job
53 1954 Corvette-Ghia Corvette Early pictures show Corvette in white
54 1958 Chev Proto Type Looks very similar to 1954 white prototype. The picture when found was labled 1958. Note fins on rear. Treatment on sides looks like XP300. Designer Pietro Frua.Notice front plate reads CH-20-94. Matches actual car.
55 Engine Compartment Running gear/engine remains Chevrolet
56 1954 Corvette Ghia Swiss Note silver color
57 1954 Corvette Ghia Note the license plate, matches plate in the artist drawings. HC-20-94
58 Export to Hawaii 1955 2nd owner, a school teacher, with 1955 Corvette exported out of the USA. Later Hawaii would become part of the USA. Car is now in the northwestern part of the states.
59 1955 Export Corvette #64 Often local laws required side and rear reflectors. Note extra trim on rear fender. Were did this color come from ?
60 1955 Export Corvette #64 This photo of #64 shows odd color and odd steering wheel and kilo speedo lens
61 1955 Export Corvette #64 I recieved several photos of this car in 1980 from Jim Marquis, green & tan, with export options. A special ID plate reading CHEVROLET. Jim was from the northern United States. He had purchased the car and was trying to document the history. I understand the car was later resold in the condition the pictures show. I was told he passed away ? There were rumors that some one famous or rich had once owned the vehicle. I could not help document the story. The car was interesting.
62 1955 Export Corvette #64 I was surprised when this car showed up once more in the hands of Dave Ferguson. Dave had purchased the car and did a nice restoration job. In 2005 the Corvette appeared on E Bay for sale by a man named Dean, of Corvette Specialties of Oregon. Dean reports the car was sold to a customer in the Middle East. Rich History...nice job.
63 1955 Export Corvette #64 Often local laws required side and rear reflectors. Note extra trim on rear fender. Also note mirror on front fender. Hub Caps ?
64 1955 Corvette #122 This export was reported on in the NCRS Restorer by David Gray. Very good article in Vol 38, No.1, Summer 2011. Current owner is Michael Hasselmyr. He found the car near Lisbon, Portugal in 1996. In 1999 he purchased the car and started a restoration in Sweden.The car was purchased new by a famous rece car driver named Horacio Macedo. He raced the Corvette from 1955 to 1958, the drove it as a street car until 1961.
65 Hasselmyr 1955 #122 At some point the car was repaired on the front end with a modified, steel front clip. The grille opening was smaller. At one point the car had a diesel engine swapped into.
66 Hasselmyr 1955 #122 On the starting grid, notice damage to the fiberglass front end.The original grille oval is in the car.
67 Hasselmyr 1955 #122 At the race, sitting beside a Lancia and a Mercedes.
68 Hasselmyr 1955 #122 As the restoration begins, notice the steel front clip before it was removed. In the story of this export, there was no mention if this Corvette was tagged with a GM homologation plate. If anyone knows this fact, please let me know. My contact info is at the bottom of this page.
69 Hasselmyr 1955 #122 Sr Macedo at the Rally de Espinno in 1955. It is reported the car had 9 owners.
70 Hasselmyr 1955 #122 This photo was taken at the property of Sr. Americo, in Portugal. Were the Corvette was purchased. The original color is said to be Pennant Blue. Be sure to read the complete story by David Gray in the Summer Edition of the NCRS Restorer Magazine.
71 1955 Export, VE55S001239 Credit: Noland Adams / CORVETTE: AMERICAN LEGEND 1955 Export Corvette, Early or First Export? White, red interior
72 1955 Export #1239 Jim Oliverio Possible King Leopold III Corvette, help us prove it. Any info please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Notice bar attached at back bumper area.
Hi! Great site. I own a Antwerp Corvette 64 cab. The funny with this corvette is that it always have had the 65 instrumentation with Km speedometer etc. and the harness is also consistent with the 1965 and this since it were imported to Sweden 1975. Mail me and I can send images / data. Lars-Goran, Sweden - Lars Goran Karlsson | www.kitfox.eu, Thu, 29 Nov 2012 1:54PM
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Have 65 fuel injected Corvette purchased from Harry Hood. - Robert Atkins, Mon, 21 Nov 2011 5:50PM
Great job on your export website. I enjoyed reviewing some of the neat cars that were sold overseas.
Regards, Dave Gray Carlisle, Pa. - David Gray, Mon, 22 Aug 2011 4:20PM
Nice pictures and stories.Would anybody know where I can find details of my 1957 Chevrolet that starts his live on the Antwerp plant.Have the original tagplate on the firewall but couldn't find any details about it on the Chevrolet forums and sites in the USA.Need as much info as possible to get the car registrated and roadlegal in Holland because of new rules here since august this year.Thanks a lot - Peter, Wed, 1 Dec 2010 11:22AM
Very nice! I have the dates of the Prince Bertil Tech Center visit and Buick drive with Zora photos and the circumstances surrounding who alsois in the photo and why if you are interested. - Ken Kayser | www.tachometerpress.com, Sun, 20 Dec 2009 1:22PM
Thanks for the pics! Great gallery and info! I think we have discussed something like 7-8 years ago about this subject? Send me e-mail! I'd love to have update on your latest discoveries!