20 - 21 January 2011
1954 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
To be auctioned on Friday, January 21, 2011
Sold for $52,250
- Chassis no. E54S002425
- A very presentable, older body-off restoration
- One of only two “Bubble Tops” known to exist
- Complete with side curtains and more
In response to the postwar imported sports car boom in America, General Motors began considering sportier offerings by 1950. The prototype for the Corvette, what would become “America’s sports car,” debuted at the Waldorf=Astoria in January 1953, with a production run of 300 cars approved immediately. Remarkably, the new Corvette rolled off the assembly line a scant six months after its debut. For 1954, Corvette production was moved from Flint, Michigan to St. Louis, and only 3,265 examples were completed for 1954.
This Sportsman Red 1954 Corvette Roadster sports a distinctive “Bubble Top,” the rarest and most unique aftermarket accessory ever offered for the first-generation Corvette. Model Builders of Chicago produced just 25 “Bubble Tops” in 1954, originally priced at $350, or nearly 10 percent of the cost of a brand-new Corvette. At present, it is believed that only two of these tops still exist. While the “Bubble Top” does have a dogleg crack at the left-rear quarter, the Corvette nonetheless represents an older yet very presentable “body-off-frame” restoration overall.
Other features include a convertible top in fair condition, good brightwork, early-production chromed “bullet” air cleaners, a chrome valve cover and header tank, a two-tone red and white interior, AM radio, spare tire, side curtains and more. The owner has maintained this car to a very high standard and, aside from rebuilding the transmission, drove it sparingly so as to preserve its condition and low mileage. Given his investment of nearly $100,000 in the car, its offering today without reserve is a very attractive proposition for Corvette enthusiasts and particularly those who are aware of the rarity of its bubble top.
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