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For Sale: 1954 Chevrolet Corvette in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Wrapping glorious, jet-inspired fiberglass around a correct Blue Flame 6-cylinder, a correct Powerglide 2-speed and a full roster of options, this Corvette is about the closest thing Chevrolet dealers offered to a 1950s touring car. Staying solid and timeless thanks to a detailed, ground-up restoration, the car was subtly upgraded for participation in the inaugural Mille Miglia North America Tribute 2011. And if you're ready to fall in love with an enticingly early edition of America's favorite sports car, it's your opportunity to drive the dream!


The beneficiary of a detailed, ground-up restoration, this awesome Vette, one of only 3,640 produced in 1954, is a spectacular throwback to timeless MoTown Mojo! The car's composed fiberglass body is sinuous and solid, placing literal emphasis on Space Age design and appeal. And its classic Pennant Blue paint is clean, glossy and awesomely unique.

Chevrolet's 1954 Corvette is essentially an improved version of the brand's hand-built '53 model: a sensation that not only set a design precedent for American cars, but also began a rich legacy that's now 66 years strong. At the front of this cool classic, a polished tag stand guards an aggressive grille, which floats between screened Lucas headlights, stainless-trimmed parking lamps and jet-inspired fender guards. Between those fenders, a crisp header emblem leads the eye to curved glass, which is seated in polished stainless, cleared by polished wipers and capped by Tan vinyl. Below that top, a simple mirror reflects snazzy stainless rocker guards and stylized "Chevrolet" scripts. And at the back of the car, a cased tag floats between polished valance trim, polished exhaust tips, jet-inspired taillights and two more fender guards.


Following a correct 3835911 casting number with an April (D) 12th (12) 1954 (4) casting date, this Corvette's 235 cubic inch engine seals its coveted Blue Flame status with a 150 horsepower 6-cylinder (YG) built in Flint (F) Michigan in 1954 (54) assembly stamp. Utilizing a high-lift truck cam, mechanical lifters and a higher compression ratio, this version of Chevrolet's storied workhorse forged a high performance, low budget blueprint that has served as the groundwork for virtually every hot rod Chevy of the last half century! Of course, all hot rodders know 12 volts are better than six, so this otherwise retro Vette has been upgraded accordingly, with a big electric pusher fan quite literally serving as the tip of that iceberg. Since Chevy's manual gear grinders couldn't handle the output of the Corvette's 'high pressure' motor, GM's acclaimed Powerglide 2-speed was the only transmission offered. Torque flows from that stalwart gearbox, branded with a correct 3702602 casting number, to a familiar Hypoid axle that's loaded with standard, 3.55 gears. That drivetrain hangs in GM's sturdy X-Frame chassis. Both stops and turns are manual affairs. At the center of the car, an aluminized exhaust system uses modern performance mufflers to provide a 'just right' vintage cruiser soundtrack. And at the corners of the car, bright red steelies spin 6.70-15 Firestone Deluxe Champion whitewalls around ornate, bowtie-branded saucers.


Back in 1954, Pennant Blue meant Tan, and Tan meant Pennant Blue. The only way to get a Tan Corvette interior was to order Pennant Blue paint, and the only way to get a Pennant Blue Corvette was with a Tan interior. Stitched and contoured side panels frame broad bucket seats that have been upgraded with both leather and heat. In front of those seats, an elegant dash centers an optional signal seeking radio amid classy gauges and a factory heater. Below that dash, sleek Daytona carpet floats color-keyed mats around a modern fire extinguisher and a simple shifter. There's a modern, MP3-capable audio system that's within arm's reach. And the driver spins a traditional steering wheel around a polished horn ring that's finished with an intricate Corvette centerpiece.

From triumph and ingenuity to turmoil and evolution, no car celebrates the story of America better than the Chevrolet Corvette. This first-generation roadster is a charming throwback to simpler, more grandiose times when, in car design, emotion and adrenaline were far more important than practicality and safety. A time most car enthusiasts romanticize and long for. Well friends, here's your chance to stop longing and start living!


Fully-optioned first-generation Corvette that's benefitted from a detailed, ground-up restoration

One of only 3,640 Corvettes produced in 1954

Participated in the inaugural Mille Miglia Tribute North America 2011

Correct 235 cubic inch Blue Flame 6-cylinder

Upgraded to 12-volt electrical system

Correct Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission

Correct Hypoid rear axle / Correct 3.55 gears

Optional factory heater / Heated seats

Date-correct Pennant Blue paint / Tan top

Color-correct Tan leather interior / Modern audio

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Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1293612
  • Price:$89,900
  • Location:Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Year:1954
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Corvette
  • Exterior Color:Pennant Blue
  • Interior Color:Tan
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:1709
  • Stock Number:136384
  • VIN:E54S002228