GR Auto Gallery is pleased to present this 1954 Chevrolet Corvette for purchase. It’s quite provoking to think about the timing of the birth of the Corvette. Every American produced vehicle was getting bigger throughout the mid-50’s with tons of heavy sheet metal, chrome, and most often large fins. The idea that GM went the other way with their small, fiberglass concept car at the 1953 Autorama created a huge buzz. The rush to production meant that all production in 1953 was hand made in the last months of the year in an old truck factory in Flint while the production facility in St Louis was being prepared. The engine was the same 235 CID inline six that powered all other Chevrolet models, but with a higher-compression ratio, three Carter side-draft carburetors, and a more aggressive cam. Dubbed the “Blue Flame”, output was 150 horsepower. Because there was currently no manual transmission available to Chevrolet rated to handle 150 HP, a two-speed Powerglide automatic was used. While the Corvette had no shortage of attention, sales lagged and it took a few years for Corvettes to really fly off the shelves. The first few years’ low production numbers make early Corvettes incredibly rare and important pieces of automotive history.
The car offered here features its period correct inline 6 cylinder engine, automatic transmission and running gear. The car was acquired by its current owner from a museum in 2003, and then subsequently treated to a body off restoration and mechanical rebuild. The car is finished in its signature Polo White over red interior. Since, the car has remained in a collection, kept in a climate controlled environment, and remains in wonderful condition mechanically and cosmetically. Highlights include: Polo White exterior paint, red and white interior, correct spinner hubcaps with wide white wall tires, am radio, original gauges, tri carb set up, original washer bottle, original static shield etc. This Corvette was the 850th production Corvette built since introduced for model year 1953. Documentation includes a large file of receipts documenting the restoration performed on this classic.
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