The automotive industry was a rapid and dynamic place in the 1950s as manufacturers jockeyed for the attention of an increasingly wealthy and picky public. Cars went from being huge pontoon fendered things of the 40s to the sleek, fast, and sexy things in the late 50s and NOTHING exemplifies that time period as much as the result of “Project Opel” run by Harley Earl. Find this 1954 Chevrolet Corvette offered here on eBay for $57,500 buy-it-now located in Chandler, AZ. This post is part of DT’s 2016 Birthday Celebration of 100 cars; enjoy the ride!
The public was awestruck by EX-122 concept pre-production Corvette that was introduced to the public during the 1953 GM Motorama at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan. To get in the showrooms as quickly as possible, the 49-54 Chevy passenger car suspension & drivetrain was crammed under the fiberglass reinforced plastic body, and thus America’s sports car was born. Under the hood is the 235 cubic inch Blue Flame inline-6 good for 150 horsepower. With only 3640 examples of the 1954 Corvette ever leaving the factory, I’m REALLY surprised you can get them for this cheap compared to the price of something like an early 911, or 65 Mustang Fastback…for instance.
Out with old, in with the new….stay with us as we explore the late 1950s auto boom!!