• The iconic American sports car
• Documented complete restoration to exacting and correct specifications
• Fewer than 300 miles since restoration
235.5 cid inline six-cylinder engine rated at 150 HP; two-speed automatic transmission; independent front suspension with coil springs and stabilizer front suspension; rear semi-elliptic leaf springs with solid axle; four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 102"
The Chevrolet Corvette has been coined as America’s first sports car and, after 64 years of continuous production, it remains the quintessential American sports car. Indeed, Chevrolet advertised it as an economical sports car for young adult upon its introduction in 1953. The genesis of the Corvette was the famed General Motors Motorama concept car, the EX-122, first unveiled at New York’s Walforf-Astoria hotel, in January of 1953. GM Vice President and sports car aficionado Harley Earl was the major force behind the design and development of the car, and the prototype generated enough interest that General Motors decided to put the Corvette into production a mere six months later on June 30, 1953.
A novel fiberglass body was chosen to save weight, lower costs, make tooling easier, and allow the designers more freedom to create curves and rounded shapes. GM executives were initially unsure of this then-risky proposal for a mass-market car, but Earl was determined to push the concept through on the grounds that the car could effectively serve as a mobile test bed for the new technology. While the body shell may have been a radical departure for GM, the powertrain and underpinnings certainly were not. The budget for the project was limited, which meant that the team had to dig into the existing GM parts bin for the rest of the components. The name of the new car came from a type of fast warship, but the Corvette was more sporty than fast.
The Corvette rode on a solid box-section frame with a simple leaf-sprung rear axle, and it was powered by the legendary ‘Blue Flame Six’. Displacing 235 cubic-inches and rated at 150 horsepower, the inline six-cylinder engine was fitted with three Carter single-barrel side-draft carburetors and connected to a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission.
Approximately 300 Corvettes were produced in that first year at the Flint, Michigan assembly plant but, by early 1954, Chevrolet announced that Corvette production would be shifted to the assembly plant in St. Louis, Missouri. For all practical purposes, the 1954 Corvette was the same as the previous year’s model, although they were now available in three other colors in addition to Polo White. Anticipating greater market demand, the company predicted that 10,000 cars per year could be sold which called for production of roughly 1,000 Corvettes a month by June of that year. Unfortunately sales did not keep pace with production and Chevrolet dealers soon had a surplus of nearly 1,000 Corvettes on their lots. Eventually, Chevrolet began laying off workers in St. Louis and ended production after a mere 3,640 had been built. With tepid demand and stagnate sales, Chevrolet seriously considered discontinuing the Corvette after 1954, but the company persevered. The Corvette would go down in automotive history as not only the first American sports car but also the oldest sports car in continuous production.
This Corvette is the 1,090th unit built for 1954 and was completed in May of that year. It has undergone a comprehensive and exacting restoration to the highest standards. Although an older restoration, it is an absolutely correct restoration done to concours standards, and the car has traveled less than 300 miles since completion. To be sure, this is not your typical restoration, and few people can appreciate the level of detail needed to get a car to this caliber.
The original A.O. Smith frame was stripped and redone in the correct GM black chassis paint. The frame retains its factory stampings, and the production numbers and date code are stenciled on the driver’s side outer frame rail with the correct original red ink. The body was completely stripped and repainted in the period-correct Polo White lacquer paint, and the interior and convertible top were restored to original 1954 standards. Literally every component was rebuilt or refurbished to the factory specifications, and every part from the windshield to the rear axle have the correct casting or part number and are all properly date-coded. Additionally, the correct factory markings in the original factory colors are present on all chassis components.
In short, you will not find a better or more correct 1954 Corvette restored to this standard. This roadster offers a world class restoration of the “First All-American Sports Car”, road ready for you to experience a carefree and exhilarating drive on a wide open highway or winding road of your choice.
1954 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster