1954 Chevrolet Corvette C1 RoadsterSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $100,000 - $125,000

$126,500 Sold

Specifications:
150bhp, 235.5 cu. in. inline, overhead valve, six-cylinder engine, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, coil springs, tube shocks and stabilizer front suspension, leak springs, tube shocks and solid rear axle, four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 102"

From the start the Corvette Roadster was “ special ” in its design and construction. Its first GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) body was molded into a shape that is appreciated today more than ever for its sensuous form. The Corvette was unveiled in the ballroom of the Waldorf =Astoria in New York early in 1953. Yet remarkably, the new American sports car rolled off the assembly line a scant five months after its debut.

The legendary Harley Earl, Vice-President (Design) of General Motors was the father of the sensational new Corvette. Other notables involved included Bob McLean, Maurice Olley, Ed Cole and shortly before production began – Zora Arkus Duntov.

Although the Corvette was conceived to be assembled from mostly production parts and eventually have a steel body, it just didn ’ t happen. Even the way Corvettes were assembled was different. Rather than on an assembly line, the new sports cars were assembled by small groups of technicians. For the 1954 Corvette, production was moved from Flint, Michigan to St. Louis but problems arose and only 3,265 Corvettes were built in 1954.

The 1954 Chevrolet Corvette offered here is a matching numbers example with only 61,000 original miles. In 2000, it was treated to a complete concours quality restoration. A tribute to the authenticity and quality of the restoration, the Corvette was successfully campaigned at several top-level concours events, winning at every show. Its achievements include NCRS Gold and an AACA First at Hershey, PA. It was the Vette Magazine winner at Topeka, KS, it continued its winning streak at Norwalk, Ohio in 2001 and 2003, and most recently it was awarded a Best in Class at the 2006 Palm Beach Concours d ’ Elegance.

This is one of the finest examples of a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette in existence. Finished in the classic combination of Polo White with Sportsman Red interior, this car will anchor any Corvette collection by providing tangible evidence of the heritage that spawned a legendary line of high performance exciting sports cars.

Reference Number 7279

as of 2/19/2007

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Car 1954 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Roadster
VIN 0273609F54YG 
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