1954 Chevrolet Corvette$59,995

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Price: $59,995
Contact: View Original Ad from Hemmings
Location: Lithia Springs, GA
Price Analysis: Good Deal, 32.0 % below market avg. What's this?
This very cool 1954 Corvette is exactly the kind of car you need if you crave attention. The 54s are kind of stuck between the ultra-valuable first-year 1953s and the V8-powered 55sand#44; and as a resultand#44; this car enjoyed some well-chosen upgrades that make it potent as well as stylish. If you want a Corvette that does it alland#44; welland#44; there arent many choices better than this frame-off restored example.<br /> <br /> Yepand#44; its brightand#44; and with the limited color pallet in 1954and#44; yellow tends to stand out in a big way. It was repainted a few years ago and the fiberglass underneath is in good orderand#44; so you can roll up and show it off without a second thought. It shines up beautifully and theres no denying that these first Corvettes are great-looking cars. They kept all the factory curves and detailsand#44; including the wonderful mini fins out back that flank the taillightsand#44; making this the perfect expression of 1950s performance. For an early Corvetteand#44; panel fit is greatand#44; especially the trunk which is difficult to fit on these cars. We love the toothy grille and the European race-inspired grilles over the headlightsand#44; and all the bright trim was restored before it was bolted back on. And this C1 has rebuiltand#44; OEM side windowsand#44; which are incredibly rare and expensive (over $6k!)and#44; and are a wonderful period addition. Even the Plexiglas license plate lens in back is crystal clear. Its pretty darn easy to love this car.<br /> <br /> The interior doesnt stray too far from the stock lookand#44; but the more you lookand#44; the more youll see the subtle upgrades that make it a joy to drive. The seats are stock-style buckets and the three-spoke steering wheel was designed to look like the originaland#44; but its a little smallerand#44; a little fatterand#44; and wrapped in tan leather. A full set of Auto Meter gauges were precisely integrated into the original gauge slots in the dashand#44; while the factory speedo is still ahead of the driver. An AM/FM/cassette stereo was neatly tucked up high so you dont really notice it and feeds speakers cleverly stashed throughout the interiorand#44; and a CD changer is stowed away nicely in the truck. Black carpets keep it from being too bright inside and help keep things quiet and cool and theres a Lokar shifter in the center that looks suitably vintage. Overhead theres a black canvas convertible top that fits well and the trunk is fully finished and ready for your next road trip.<br /> <br /> Instead of a Blue Flame Six under the hoodand#44; this Vette offers a proper V8; 400 cubic inches to be exact. The small block is a neat fit in the 54s engine bay and has all the modern upgrades that make it a blast to drive. Chrome dress-upand#44; a mild Performance Camand#44; Holley 4-barrel carband#44; aluminum headsand#44; and things like 12-volt electrical system with alternator and a big aluminum radiatorand#44; aluminum warer pump and electric fan up front help ensure cool reliability. It starts easily and in the relatively light weight Corvetteand#44; performance is impressive. A TH350 automatic transmission snaps through the gears and with 3.50 gears on a limited slip out backand#44; its snappy off the line. The suspension is fairly stock but does a good job of planting that horsepower and keeping the car on trackand#44; and the exhaust note is pure American muscle with Flowmasters and Hooker long-tube headers. Chrome wheels are the right choice on a car like this and theyre wearing 215/65/15 BFG radials all around.<br /> <br /> This well-built 54 Corvette is all about having fun in a wicked cool old car. With a pro-built pedigree and a great lookand#44; you can buy with confidence and use it as the original engineers intended. It would likely take six figures to replicate this buildand#44; so why not enjoy the fruits of someone else hard laborand#44; turn the key and go? She wont last longand#44; call today!