Lot 172 - 1954 Chevrolet Corvette C1
|Odometer reading||34,401 miles|
|Estimate||£68,000 - £75,000|
- Powerglide automatic transmission
- Superb condition
The legendary North American motor-car designer, Harley J. Earl, convinced GM that they needed to build a two-seat sports car after seeing the offerings from Jaguar, MG and Alfa Romeo landing in the USA from Europe; many being repatriated by GIs returning from the Second World War. In 1951, Earl and his Special Projects crew began working on a new car, which was code named 'Opel'. The result was the 1953 Corvette, unveiled to the public at that year's Motorama car show. Taking its name from a small, maneuverable fighting frigate called a Corvette, the first Corvettes were virtually hand built in Flint, Michigan in Chevrolet's Customer Delivery Centre. The outer body was made from, what was then, a revolutionary new composite material called fibreglass; selected in part because of limited steel quotas left over from the Korean War. Underneath that radical new body were standard Chevrolet components, including the 'Blue Flame' inline six-cylinder truck engine, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission and drum brakes.
We are delighted to offer this stunning 1954 Corvette finished in the classic combination of Polo White with Al Knoch Sportsman red interior. This Corvette, model designation 2934, is fitted with the correct specification of the ‘Blue Flame’ engine with three single-barrel Carter side-draft carburettors attached to an effortless ‘Powerglide’ automatic transmission. The chassis/VIN number E54S004574 may be broken down to identify the following; the E denoting that this is an early 6-cylinder engined Corvette, 54 denoting 1954 as the year of manufacture, the S denoting the final assembly plant at St. Louis and the final numbers, 003647, denoting the production number. The coachwork finish, chrome and interior are all described by the owner as in excellent quality and the car comes complete with original spare wheel and jack with side screens.
The interior is in a condition commensurate with the rest of this stunning C1 and we are informed all the gauges work correctly. A set of whitewall tyres have recently been fitted. Supplied with a V5C registration document together with a current MoT test certificate, this Corvette is a superb example and one that should be viewed to ascertain the quality.
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