The 1954 Corvette was one of two Corvettes owned by a neighbor who inherited both vehicles from her late husband and asked Shamrock to find new owners for them. The other model was a 1970 Corvette C3 Stingray Convertible, which needed only a little work by two professional Corvette mechanics (not named in the posting) to make it sellable.
Although the 1954 Corvette was in good condition, it required more of the experts’ time and many new parts, including the brakes, gas tank, fuel system, master cylinder, wheel cylinders, water pump, battery, points/condenser, accelerator pedal and convertible top. The carburetors have not been changed but have been rebuilt, and the whole car has been detailed.
Around $7,000 was invested in the 1954 Corvette to bring it to its current turnkey state, making Shamrock Automotive feel it could be advertised. The asking price on the Craigslist ad is $89,000 USD.
Documentation shows that the car was built on May 26th 1954 and is therefore one of the earliest of all Corvettes in the 67-year history of the nameplate. Its engine is the 3.9L version of Chevrolet’s second-generation straight-six which had replaced the old Stovebolt in 1937 and was at the time the only engine Chevy produced, though the Small Block V8 would make its debut very soon afterwards in 1955. As fitted to the Corvette, the six was quoted in brochures of the time as producing 155 horsepower.
The 1954 Corvette C1 (first-generation) was built in the middle of the three years when Chevrolet used the original body style. Styling changes were made in 1956, 1958 and 1961, and the model was replaced by the C2 in 1963.