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1954 Corvette

The 1954 Corvette would begin with an expanded selection of colors, a bevy of machanical changes, and most importantly, some new digs. The makeshift facility in Flint, Michigan would give was to its new home, St. Loius, Missouri. This new plant had a planned production capacity of 10,000 cars annually.

After building 300 Corvettes in 1953, there were high hopes for the continued production of the car..

Mechanically, the 1954 Corvette would be similar to the 1953. The engine was still a 235 cubic inch inline six cylinder topped a trio of Carter side draft carburetors. The appearance of the engine was altered slightly with a new valve cover. The new cover was similar to the cover used of other 1954 passenger cars. 1954 Corvettes may have been built with either a chrome or blue painted valve cover. The words "Blue Flame" continued to adorn the valve cover.

Horsepower was re-rated during the model year from 150 to 155 by changing the camshaft profile. According to the Camshaft specifications, the higher horsepower cam had the the same lift, but the duration was changed, holding the valves open a little longer for both intake and exhaust. The split exhaust manifolds continues to be ca Corvette trademark and exited thru a pair of stainless steel tips protruding thruough the rear bodywork.

The Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission continued to be a required option, as no manual transmission was offered. The rear axle ratio remained a 3.55:1 for "spirited" acceleration. During the model year, the tube type tires were replaced with tubeless ones, and both types had a wide whitewall.

The color palate was revised and expanded for 1954, Polo White was still the dominant color and still was paired with a sportsman red interior, however the top color of the cloth was changed to beige, replacing black. The wheels on all cars, regardless of exterior color were painted red. Three additional colors were offered were Pennant Blue, Sportsman Red, and Black. With the exception of Pennant Blue, the interiors were red. Pennant Blue featured a beige interior. The interiors of the cars were finished in a leather grained vinyl.

Early 1954 Corvettes retained the two interior hood releases, but eventually a single release was used. A heater was listed as an option, however like all options listed for Corvette, it was included on al the cars. Other options were turn signals, a parking brake warning lamp (listed as "alarm"), and courtesy lamps.

The 1954 still denied the owners of roll up windows, so side curtains were used. The storage bags for the side curtains were modified to be held in place with tabs that enabled them to be secured to the trunk/interior divider.

The 1954 Corvette failed to live up to Chevrolet's expectations. In total, only 3,640 were produced and it was rumored that at the end of the model year, more that 1,000 were left on dealer lots. The St. Louis plant was designed with a 10,000 unit capacity, so it only worked at one-third capacity.

Total Production - 3,640
Model Number Description Production Base Price
2934 Corvette Roadster 3,640 $2,774.00

Engine Codes
RPO Cu. In. Horsepower Torque Fuel System Trans Block Code Comp Ratio :1
235.5 150 @ 4200 223 @ 2400 3 Carter 1bbl PG YG 8.0
235.5 155 @ 4200 225 @ 2800 3 Carter 1bbl PG YG 8.0
Color & Trim Codes
Exterior Color Interior Color
Color Color
Polo White Red
Pennant Blue Beige
Black Red
Sportsman Red Red

Dimensions
Corvette Roadster
Overall Length 167.0
Height 48.5 (Top Down)
Width 69.8
Wheel Base 102.0
Track F / R 57.0 / 59.0
Curb Weight 2850
Dimensions are in inches, weight in pounds unless otherwise noted.

1953 - The Motorama Special come to Life
1954 - Continuation
1955 - Ed Coles Magic V-8
1956 - Sports Car Renewed
1957 - Fuelies and Four Speeds
1958 - Longer, Lower, Wider
1959 - Sales Record Breaker
1960 - A better drive awaits
1961 - Ducktails become fashionable
1962 - The Imortal, the 327

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C2 - 1963 to 1967
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C3 - Part 2 -1978 to 1982
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