This 1954 Chevrolet Corvette convertible has been restored both cosmetically and mechanically and garage-kept since, powered by a 235ci Blue Flame inline-6 paired with a 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. This C1 has been single-family-owned long-term and was restored with attention to factory specifications and details. Finished in Polo White with a tan cloth retractable top over a red vinyl interior, this second-year Corvette is now offered with promotional documentation, a diecast model car, books, a judging manual, memorabilia, service records, an owner's manual, two keys, and a clear California title in the seller's name.
The first-generation Corvette went into production in mid-1953 as a two-door, two-seat sportscar using fiberglass bodywork, a 102” wheelbase, and a roadster body style. This Corvette from the following year was subject to restoration and repainted in the original Polo White with an emphasis on factory-correct equipment and finishes. The body features mesh headlight guards, a tan cloth retractable top, and dual exhausts. The seller has provided detailed imaging in the carousel of the brightwork which shows some checking.
Red-finished 15” steel wheels with full covers are wrapped in Firestone wide whitewall tires. Suspension underpinnings consist of coil springs, a live axle, and rear leaf springs, while stopping power comes from drums at both front and rear. The two-seat interior was reupholstered with red vinyl interior for the bucket seats and door panels, matched to the two-tone white and black dash, red carpeting, and floor mats. Cockpit amenities include a dash-mounted rearview mirror and a push-button radio, while the trunk contains a spare tire. Instrumentation is delivered via a a 140-mph speedometer, a 5k-rpm tachometer, an analog clock, and auxiliary gauges for voltage, oil level, coolant temperature, and fuel level. The five-digit mechanical odometer reads 83k miles, although true mileage on the chassis is unknown.