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  • 1954 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1954 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1954 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1954 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1954 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1954 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1954 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1954 Chevrolet Corvette


1954 Chevrolet Corvette

The Tony Parella Corvette Collection

Lot No. 542

Auctioned on Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sold for $ 80,300

The 1954 Corvette was built at a newly renovated facility located in St. Louis, Missouri. This model year was crucial in the survival of the car and its ongoing development. Being a "sports car" without a manual transmission caused the car to have somewhat of an identity crisis compared with competing cars of the era. Today these cars are firmly defined as true collectibles; this example is one of the best you may possibly find.

The early Corvette is known for its sensational style, outstanding performance and its low center of gravity producing a fine-handling machine. The Corvette has a 235-cid, 155-hp six-cylinder engine that produced 155 horsepower and is mated to a Powerglide, two-speed automatic transmission; dual exhaust was also standard on this model. Three new exterior colors were introduced in 1954: Pennant Blue, Sportsman Red and Black.

Chevrolet only produced four Black Corvette copies in 1954; this outstanding car is one of the four. It has recently undergone a complete frame-off restoration in a correct and well-executed manner; only 78 miles have been put on it since this procedure was completed. The car is finished with a red interior and tan convertible top; the level of craftsmanship in the upholstery work is unmistakable. Optional heater and AM radio are included; other equipment includes turn signals, wide-whitewall tires, courtesy lights, parking brake alarm and windshield washer.

The VIN on this desirable piece of early Corvette history is E54S002767.


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