1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y

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Lot 47
Offered from The BHA Automobile Museum
1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE

Sold for US$ 82,500 inc. premium
1954 Chevrolet Corvette

Chassis no. E54S004622
Engine no. 0754423F54Y

235ci OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
3 Carter Carburetors
150bhp at 4200rpm
2-Speed Powerglide Automatic Transmission
Front Independent Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Among the final 20 '54 Corvettes built
*$180,000 restoration by Prueitt Restorations
*Carefully driven and well maintained since being restored
*Classic, elegant example of America's first post-WWII sportscar



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

Finished in the classic color scheme of Polo White over Red vinyl, this 'Vette was completed in mid-July of 1954 as one of the last six-cylinder examples to roll off the assembly line (serial number 04640 was the final car). The known early history of this example is limited at the time of cataloging, but it was likely a Cleveland based car in the beginning of its life based on a pair of Cleveland Sports Car Club plaques from 1958 and 1959 affixed to the dash. In 1989 when it appeared for sale in Cars and Parts magazine. Offered as a nice driver, it was described as having an original interior but a newer block that had been replaced years prior.

In 1996 the car was acquired by the present owner and completely restored by Al Prueitt & Sons (later called Prueitt Restoration) of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania in April 1996. From November 1996 until May 1999, the Corvette was thoroughly gone through and restored to a high level. Over 80 pages of receipts totaling nearly $180,000 document the extensive work completed.

Since completion of the restoration, this 'Vette has been regularly serviced and maintained by Treasured Motorcar Service of Owings Mills, Maryland.

Carefully driven and enjoyed in the 16 years since the restoration was completed, the car still shows well and presents nicely. As stylish and attractive now as it was when it left the St. Louis factory in 1954, this is an excellent machine in which to hit the road and go for a cruise.

Footnotes

  • Proceeds from vehicles sold by the BHA Automobile Museum will be distributed to charities that benefit medical institutions (including Johns Hopkins Medicine), the arts, education and social services.
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1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
1954 Chevrolet Corvette  Chassis no. E54S004622 Engine no. 0754423F54Y
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