In 1954, power still came from Chevrolet’s reliable and surprisingly lusty 235 cubic inch inline six-cylinder engine, which was renamed the Corvette Special Six in 1954. Equipped with a trio of side-draft carburetors and exhaling through a true dual exhaust system, it made a reasonably respectable 150 horsepower. The block and head are bathed in the correct blue paint, and there’s plenty of evidence of proper service over the years. This car is one of the 20% or so 1954 Corvettes fitted with a chrome valve cover (which was installed on serial numbers 1363 through 4381), making it somewhat of a rarity among its peers. Forget shiny body-colored floors, everything is original underneath, and the front suspension is similar to what Chevrolet had been using since the late 1930s. In back, there’s a rigid axle on leaf springs, and a 3.55 gear spins inside. Brakes are 11-inch drums all around, which provide better than expected performance given the Corvette’s light weight, and it rolls on 15-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers and 205/75/15 wide whitewall radials.
Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States