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This 1954 Chevrolet Corvette is a beautifully restored convertible that is well-sorted and ready for some boulevard cruising! In the early 50s, Chevrolet's parent company General Motors' hosted "Motorama" events in order to show off the ingenuity of GM's designers and engineers, and to generate publicity by giving the public a glimpse at the Big Three automaker's production pipeline. At the 1952 Motorama, most of GM's brands displayed a concept car that ultimately would end up in production, including the Cadillac Eldorado, Buick Skylark, Oldsmobile Fiesta, and, perhaps most famously, the Chevrolet Corvette. Chevrolet was not yet known as a trendy, performance oriented brand. Rather, Chevys were modest family cars to get you to and from your workplace or the grocery store but weren't flashy. That began to change in 1953 when the GM marque built its first Corvette on June 30, 1953. Updates for the '54 Corvettes included the addition of removable side windows, changes to the air cleaner and exhaust setup, and the addition of several new optional colors including Pennant Blue, Sportsman Red, and Black, in addition to the standard Polo White. Under the hood on this '54 Corvette is a 235 "Blue Flame" Inline 6 cylinder engine fed by a trifecta of Single Barrel Carter Carburetors that together were said to have created 150 horsepower when new. The 235 Blue Flame 6 is mated to a Powerglide automatic transmission and exhaust exits via a pair of through-body exhaust ports. The electrical system on this 1954 Chevy has been upgraded to a 12 volt system from the original 6 volt, which provides for a more reliable startup and overall electrical performance. The beige cloth convertible top is manually operated and appears to be in great shape! The interior cabin can further be sealed up since this Corvette comes equipped with removable side windows that can be stowed inside the included bag when they are not being used. Riding on a set of wide whitewall bias-ply tires, this 1954 Corvette has a great look whether parked at a car show or cruising down the open road. The fiberglass body has been refinished in a beautiful Polo White color scheme that completes the exterior look of the car. The interior on this 1954 Chevrolet Corvette is absolutely gorgeous! The bucket seats have been reupholstered in red vinyl that provides a nice contrast the exterior color scheme. The red carpeting, red vinyl upholstered door panels, padded dash, and steering wheel are all in wonderful condition and appear to remain in their stock configuration. Instrumentation includes a 140 MPH speedometer, 5,000 RPM tachometer, oil pressure gauge, battery gauge, temperature gauge, and fuel gauge. The dash is finished with a signal seeking AM radio with speaker tucked beneath a chrome rearview mirror. Whether you're buying your first classic car or you're adding to an existing Corvette collection, this 1954 Chevrolet Corvette would make an excellent addition. Give Ellingson's a call today at 763-428-7337!