• Rare as one of only 300 Pennant Blue cars
• Documented ownership history since 1965
• Matching numbers and highly correct example
• Enduring and very correct restoration
• Formerly owned by an NCRS Judge
235 cid OHV inline six-cylinder “Blue Flame” engine, three single-barrel Carter sidedraft carburetors, 150 HP, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, unequal A-arm front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 102”
Following the end of World War II, American servicemen began returning home and, since very few cars had been produced during the war, demand for new cars was strong. The American sporting car had been almost completely non-existent since the Great Depression, but European offerings from Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Porsche, and especially MG ignited great interest among returning GIs who had seen some of these lithe and nimble cars tearing up European roads. General Motors watched with great interest. GM styling director Harley Earl astutely surmised that the Detroit giant could realize enormous benefits from the introduction of a small, stylish sports car, and he began lobbying management for approval.
The resulting Corvette fulfilled Earl’s early vision of a European-style American sports car, beginning with a prototype for the 1953 GM Motorama first shown at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. There, it created such a stir that GM management rushed the car into production. By the close of the 1953 model year, 300 new Corvettes had been sold to the public and their innovative fiberglass bodies marked an American production-car first. While early Corvettes of 1953-1954 had not yet been developed into the world-beating high-performance cars they would soon become, their beauty and elegance is considered by many to be unmatched. This, coupled with their incredible rarity and historical significance, has rendered them one of the most sought-after Corvettes of all among today’s collectors.
Offered here is a truly rare and exceptionally beautiful example of an early first generation 1954 Chevrolet Corvette. For over 23 years, a registered National Corvette Restorers Society Judge owned and cared for this car, which is accompanied by complete and documented ownership history since 1965. Out of the 3,640 Corvettes produced for 1954, this example is exceedingly rare as one of just 300 finished in Pennant Blue, a particularly striking color on the sleek first-generation Corvette’s futuristic bodywork, and all paint and brightwork continues to show beautifully throughout. Other desirable items include correct spiral-type shock absorbers, correct chrome hubcaps, and 6.70”x15” whitewall tires. During the restoration, factory-correct components and accessories were utilized where original items were unavailable, and items that many other restorers would consider incidentals, such as trunk mats and side window bags, were sourced at considerable expense. The result is a properly equipped first-generation Corvette that retains its original character.
The Corvette is mechanically excellent to match, having undergone a thorough mechanical re-commissioning at the time of its restoration, and the level of tidiness underneath the hood is still astonishing. The original “Blue Flame Six” engine is present, including the #241 cylinder head, and the numbers for all major mechanical components are matching. One of the aspects in which the early Corvettes really shine is in the beauty and elegance of their interior appointments, and the view from either seat of a 1954 Corvette is a showcase of timeless mid-century American design. The interior of this car was fully restored to showroom condition, including new tan seats and carpets, and welcome features include the signal-seeking Wonderbar radio and heater. Added to the Bobby Monical Collection in 2012, this 1954 Chevrolet Corvette is an uncommon and visually striking example of America’s beloved original sports car. Its documented history and completeness set it apart from many of the other examples on the market, and it is certainly among the very best currently available today. Of course, it stands ready for a new caretaker to drive and enjoy, as well as preserve for future generations to appreciate.
1954 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
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