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Lot 160

2017   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2017

1954 Chevrolet Corvette

SOLD $68,750

Estimate

$90,000 - $120,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

E54S004399

Car Highlights

A Gorgeous Example of the Mid-Century American Icon
Frame-Off Restoration
Documented with Photo Album Detailing Restoration Process
Only 300 Examples Were Finished in Pennant Blue for 1954
Offered with Original Operations Manual

Technical Specs

235 CID OHV Blue Flame Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Three Carter YH Carburetors
155 BHP at 4,200 RPM
2-Speed Powerglide Automatic Transmission
Independent Front Suspension
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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In 1953, Chevrolet gave birth to “America’s Sports Car,” the Corvette. The futuristic design of the first-generation Corvette was a sensation when new, and early examples are highly coveted and collectible. All 1953 Corvettes and an estimated majority of 1954 and 1955 models produced were painted Polo White. Only 300 1954 Corvettes came from the factory finished in the highly desirable Pennant Blue, as this car is. The elegant beige interior was available only with this exterior color.

Adding to that rarity, this example is a late-production 1954 car, finished later in the run of 3,640 produced. Corvettes produced in the latter half of 1954 received an upgraded camshaft, allowing the triple-carbureted Blue Flame six-cylinder engine to produce 155 hp.

Beginning in fall 1993, a high-quality restoration was performed and documented in a photo album that accompanies the car. Also accompanying the Corvette are side curtains and an original manual. This car was chosen by the editors of the Robb Report to be showcased in the magazine’s “Design Portfolio” feature in its September 2001 issue.

A first-generation Corvette is an important part of any postwar American car collection. Finding one in this condition, combined with its sought after and rare color scheme, makes this Corvette an exceptional find.