FOR SALE: 1954 Chevrolet Corvette

FOR SALE: 1954 Chevrolet Corvette

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.

For sale: A 1954 Chevy Corvette.
For sale: A 1954 Chevrolet Corvette.

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 beautifully maintained Georgia-based C1 Corvette is a rare find and is definitely worth giving a closer look.
This beautifully maintained Georgia-based C1 Corvette is a rare find and is definitely worth giving a closer look.

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 "Blue Flame" Inline-Six Cylinder engine has been restored to factory specifications.
The “Blue Flame” Inline-Six Cylinder engine has been restored to factory specifications.

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.

The exterior of this 1954 Corvette does have some minor blemishes/cracking/crazing, but still looks great - especially given that its nearly 70 years old!
The exterior of this 1954 Corvette does have some minor blemishes/cracking/crazing, but still looks great – especially given that its nearly 70 years old!

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.

FOR SALE: A 1954 Chevrolet Corvette.
FOR SALE: A 1954 Chevrolet Corvette.

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.

Like almost everything else on this car, the wheels have been restored to their original glory.
Like almost everything else on this car, the wheels have been restored to their original glory.

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.

The interior of this 1954 Chevrolet Corvette has been meticulously restored and is a highlight of the entire vehicle.
The interior of this 1954 Chevrolet Corvette has been meticulously restored and is a highlight of the entire vehicle.

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.

Note the quality of the workmanship on the seat covers.  This entire interior is spectacularly restored.
Note the quality of the workmanship on the seat covers. This entire interior is spectacularly restored.

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.

Even the chassis and sub-assemblies of this 1954 Corvette are in amazing condition - either thru preservation or a restoration, you won't find many 1954 Corvettes that look like this one.
Even the chassis and sub-assemblies of this 1954 Corvette are in amazing condition – either thru preservation or a restoration, you won’t find many 1954 Corvettes that look like this one.

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.

FOR SALE: A 1954 Chevrolet Corvette.
FOR SALE: A 1954 Chevrolet Corvette.

For anyone interested in purchasing the car, the seller notes that the car comes with all of the documentation from its refurbishment and a Georgia-issued conditional title in the seller’s name. You can view the original posting at bringatrailer.com by clicking here.

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.