1954 CORVETTE ROADSTER
Chassis No. E54S003269
Pennant blue with beige interior
Engine: six-cylinder, 235ci, 150bhp at 4,200rpm; Gearbox: automatic; Suspension: front, unequal-length A-arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar, tube-type shock absorbers; rear, rigid axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs, tube-type shock absorbers; Brakes: front and rear drums. Left hand drive.
Dream cars were big in Detroit in the 1950s, but only General Motors built some you could actually buy. In 1953, at the first Motorama, in January at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Chevrolet unveiled their new Corvette. The car was sleek and sporty with a rounded body, mesh stone guards over inset headlamps, a trendy wrapped windshield and thrusting "jet-pod" taillamps. A soft top folded out of sight beneath a solid lift-up panel, while European style side curtains replaced roll-up windows.
The Corvette with its fiberglass body, small size, and two seat configuration revolutionized the sports car market in America. Not only did it provide an alternative to the European sportscar, it went beyond and provided a car that was better in many respects, more comfortable, reliable, safer and attractive, while possessing favourable handling characteristics. Power was provided by the Chevrolet "Blue Flame" six cylinder-the only six cylinder ever used in a Corvette. The Corvette proved to be the most exciting car GM had ever offered. The 1953 and 1954 cars are significant in that they were the first American true post-war sportscars.
This 1954 Corvette is in excellent condition, scoring 95 to 98 points on its coachwork. The car scored 94.0 at Bloomington in June, 1992. It was awarded a Bloomington Silver. The frame has been completely restored, and to keep the car in its pristine condition, it is kept in a professional temperature and humidity controlled storage facility.