1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187

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Lot 109
Recently restored
1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE

Sold for US$ 71,500 inc. premium
1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE

Chassis no. E54S002031
Engine no. F65187

235ci OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
3 Carter Carburetors
150bhp at 4,200rpm
2-Speed Powerglide Automatic Transmission
Front Independent Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Desirable Early Corvette
*Recently restored
*Excellent Harley Earl Styling
*Classic Polo White over Red
*A true piece of Americana



THE CHEVROLET CORVETTE

The sports car boom was in full swing by the early 1950s, fueled by the desire of American GIs returning from WWII who wanted something like the lithe Jaguars and MGs they had seen overseas. American manufacturers like Chevrolet therefore felt pressure to introduce a competing model. Introduced in 1953 at the Autorama display of the New York Auto Show, the Harley Earl-designed Corvette started life as a comfortable, leisurely six-cylinder boulevard cruiser. It was built with a fiberglass body over a Chevrolet sedan powertrain and chassis. However, thanks to its more pedestrian underpinnings, the Corvette was available at an accessible price, and a strong dealer network meant that buyers would not have to endure long waits for British or Italian parts to come from overseas.

For 1954, production was moved to the St. Louis plant in expectation of high demand. The overhead valve 235ci Blue Flame Six, which already had dual exhausts and solid lifters for performance, was upgraded with triple Carter carburetors and a new camshaft for increased power. Unfortunately, sales were still below expectations, and only 3640 were built for that year, nearly resulting in the Corvette's demise.

Luckily for the Corvette, there was a second chance. Thanks to the introduction of the Thunderbird, the Chevrolet 265ci V8, and Zora Arkus-Duntov's influence, the very first Corvettes did not fade away. Instead, the new V8-powered Corvette was sent back into battle in 1955, making these earlier cars the genus of what is arguably the most popular American sports car.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Offered here, is Americana at its best. Few cars carry as iconic looks and 1950's styling as the first generation Chevrolet Corvettes, and this car is no exception. This 1954 example, resplendent in its original color combination of Polo White over a Sportsman Red interior, recently benefitted from a body-off restoration addressing both cosmetic and technical systems. The paint was redone from stem to stern, and shows beautifully, with good shine and depth. The brightwork was also refurbished, and shows equally well.

Once inside, the classic red interior with white stitching has been redone as well, and looks fantastic. Dials and gauges are correct and equally well presented, and a period radio is fitted. The engine has been refinished in the correct blue color, and all compartments are tidy and correct. This Corvette was shown once locally in 2015, where it took top honors for an American automobile. Driven sparingly since then, it remains in beautiful condition, fit for weekend drives and local shows alike.
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1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
1954 CHEVROLET  CORVETTE  Chassis no. E54S002031 Engine no. F65187
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