Guess What Ride 52: Early C1 Corvette Test

GuessWhatRide is the game designed to test your classic car knowledge. Chevrolet launched the Corvette for the 1953 model year.  This original design lasted three model years (1953, 1954, and 1955).

The picture provided shows two Corvettes from these three model years. From these pictures, can you tell what might be the difference between these two survivor examples?  If you think you know the answer, fill out the questionnaire below. All correct answers will be entered in a drawing for a Battery Tender Plus 12 Volt 1.25 Amp Charger and Maintainer, a $60 value we will fulfill via Amazon.

Battery Tender Guess What Ride 52 Prize

Produced from 1953 through 1955, the original Corvette featured Chevrolet’s “Blue Flame” inline-six powerplant. In 1955, Chevrolet offered the car with the GM Division’s new 265 cubic inch small block V8. Other than opening the hood, the quickest way to tell whether a 1955 Corvette features the V8 is the gold “V” implanted in the front fender scripts.

Rudy filmed the survivor-quality 1954 and 1955 Corvettes at Barry’s Car Barn in Intercourse, Pennsylvania.  While the pictures don’t depict it well, both cars are, in fact, Polo White. If you look closely at the top picture, that is the 1955 featuring a gold “V” in the script. That was the answer we were looking for.

We ran this quiz from November 12 through November 20, 2023, and roughly 60% of the respondents got it right:

Guess What Ride 53 Results Graph

The emails of the correct responses received were then entered into a random drawing. From these, reader Doug L. was the winner of the Battery Tender!  We’ve contacted Doug to send him the Battery Tender via Amazon Fulfillment.

While this quiz has ended, please check our website’s main menu for our latest “Guess What Ride? quiz.


Contest Rules:

  1. No purchase is necessary.
  2. Only one entry per valid e-mail address.
  3. Offer valid only to residents of continental U.S.
  4. The quiz runs from Sunday, November 12, 2023, through 11:59 PM Monday, November 20, 2023.
  5. Only entries registered via the multiple-choice contact form in this post will be entered into the drawing.
  6. No written replies in either the comments on this website or from Guys With Rides’ social media accounts will be accepted.
  7. On Tuesday, November 21, 2023, Guys With Rides will randomly draw one winner from all the correct entries and keep a record on file.
  8. The winner will be contacted to obtain their snail mail address for one prize to be shipped directly to them via Amazon fulfillment.
  9. Immediate family and Guys With Rides Exchange employees, Deltran, or Amazon are not eligible.
  10. Neither Amazon nor Deltran sponsored this quiz.  GuysWithRides is purchasing the prize via Amazon and will have it shipped directly to the winning name randomly drawn from the entrants received.
  1. Gary D Roberts

    1954 flipper molding has a diagonal slit in it. 1953 does not have the slit.

  2. Steven R Herbert

    One has 6 cyl. engine, the other has a v-8

  3. Gene Rozewski

    The Chevrolet logo on the top image has a stylized “V” in the name also in gold. These contests are always fun; the prizes are just an added bonus.

  4. Mark W. Levesque

    One is a 6 cylinder and one is an 8 cylinder.


    Good one. The V in the Chevrolet script on the side of the fender tells you it was a V8. It was FIRST offered in the 1955 Corvette but you knew that already didn’t you.

  6. George Carter

    The “V” in the Chevrolet script in the top photo implies a V-8 under the hood.

  7. Charles Redenz

    I love this page. If not to buy or sell but just keep up with what’s going on in the car world.

  8. Charles

    Love the site! The staff is very knowledgeable.


    the difference between the 2 colors is a different shade of white

  10. Jeff Feroce

    I thought the hubcaps/wheel covers looked different.

  11. Eugene Rozewski

    ’55 was the 1st V8

  12. Anonymous

    Great content.

  13. James

    great site, I , enjoy it .

    • Steel

      The top picture is of a pre- production 1953. The bottom picture is a 1954.
      You can tell this by the fender emblem in the top picture and the color the top on the corvette in the bottom picture

  14. Peter R ENGEL

    You have a enjoyable site that is a refreshing change from those larger pop-up ad laden, biased or jaded sites. It’s obvious you all are truly “car guys”. One of the few sites I recommend to friends. Please keep it up! Cheers.


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