As 2021 winds down and we anxiously anticipate the arrival of a new model year, which includes the promise of Chevrolet’s first mid-engine Z06 model, we are equally excited to share this car listing for a 1954 Corvette – a car that harkens back to the beginning of the brand, and one that still shows incredibly well today.
Our friends at bringatrailer.com currently have not one, but TWO 1954 Corvettes for sale on their website. While each is an incredible find for the discerning collector, we wanted to bring this example to you in today’s post because we believe that it is an exceptional purchase given some of the work that has been done to the car. Moreover, for its price point, this is an extremely affordable first-generation Corvette. If you’ve ever considered purchasing one, this just might be the car you’ve been looking for!
This 1954 Corvette was acquired by its current seller approximately five years ago. The seller subsequently commissioned a mechanical refurbishment of the car upon his procurement of the vehicle. The rebuild reported included a rework of the original 235 cubic-inch Blue Flame inline six-cylinder engine and a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. The engine was rebuilt and spec’d back to its original 150 horsepower rating.
The car’s starter and generator were both rebuilt, and extensive work was also done to many of the other major mechanical components, which included: a flush/clean of the radiator, heater core and fuel tank, replacement of the original exhaust system, fuel sending unit, water pump, and radiator hoses. More recently, the seller completed an oil change on the car.
This 1954 Corvette’s exterior was allegedly repainted in the late 1970’s. The exterior does show some minor wear/age, with an assortment of minor paint blemishes and areas of cracking. Each of these has been openly identified by the seller. While we don’t have full images of these blemishes in this post, you can return to the original listing at bringatrailer.com for additional information.
The exterior contains all of the original chrome hardware originally included on the car, including the driver-side mirror, the headlight stone guards, the dual exhaust outlets thru the car’s rear valance (though it has been identified that the car’s stainless steel exhaust tips have been replaced.
The car rides on 15-inch steel wheels which have been painted red. Each wheel features a polished cover and each is wrapped in BFGoodrich Silvertown white sidewall tires. Behind each of these wheels is a set of four-wheel-drum brakes. The seller states that the brakes were refreshed (no additional information was provided), the emergency brake cable assembly was replaced, and new air shocks were installed in the back of the car.
Moving inward, the car’s interior features dual bucket seats that were reported stripped, powder-coated, fitted with replacement form, and re-trimmed with red leather covers sourced from Al Knoch Interiors. In addition, the seller states that the interior carpeting was also replaced during the interior refurbishment. The car includes an analog clock, a dash-mounted rearview mirror, and a period-correct push-button AM radio.
The driver’s cockpit features a white, two-spoke steering wheel adorned with red accents and a chrome horn ring. This steering wheel assembly sits ahead of a repainted red-and-white dashboard that includes the original gauge cluster. This cluster is comprised of a 140-mph speedometer, a tachometer, and auxiliary gauges. The five-digit odometer was reset during the car’s mechanical refurbishment and now shows just under 100 miles. The car’s original mileage is unknown. The seller reports that the car’s fuel level gauge is not currently working, but all other gauges operate as expected.
Beneath the car, the chassis and sub-assemblies are remarkably clean and in overall great condition (as can be seen from the image below.) Given the age of this car (which is closing in on seventy-years young!), there is little doubt that this car would make an outstanding addition to any Corvette collection. Moreover, its affordability makes it a desirable car for someone who has entertained the idea of purchasing a first-generation Corvette but never really believed they’d be able to afford one.
NOTE: Should you choose to bid on this car, we wish you the best of luck. Corvsport.com has no professional affiliations with either bringatrailer.com or the seller of this automobile and has not been compensated in any way for sharing this listing.