1954 Corvette Roadster (Pennant Blue) Was part of the 2011 Mille Miglia North America Tribute
1954 Marked the second year of production of the Chevrolet Corvette, representing "The First American Sports Car". This limited production car is finished in Pennant Blue with beige, one of the 300 ever made, with a convertible soft top and complemented by a matching beige interior. Corvette bodies were virtually handmade, they did not carry standard Fisher Body Style Numbers as did other GM cars. It is powered by an engine that is surprisingly a six-cylinder, inline, overhead valve unit with a cast iron block. It displaced 235.5 cid (3.9 liters) with a bore of 3.56 in. (90mm) and a stroke of 3.96 in. (100mm) and a compression of 8.0:1. It produced 150 hp @ 4200 rpm. The ignition has a single breaker point. The carburetor is a three Carter Type YH one-barrel Model 2066S. Later in the model year, a new camshaft increased the horsepower to 155. YG coded Blue Flame Six Engine, #241 head, coupled to a Powerglide transmission. 0 to 60 mph in 11 seconds and from 0 to 100 mph in 41 seconds. A previous NCRS Award Winner, this car is very representative of an aged ground up restoration. Documented with great owner history, sheets from its NCRS events and restoration.
150 HP, 235 cu. in. "Blue Flame" overhead valve inline six-cylinder engine, three single-barrel “Sidedraft” carburetors, Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs, and stabilizer bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102"
This Corvette is in fact one of the 300 original examples that were factory-finished in Pennant Blue, out of total 1954 Corvette production of 3,640 cars.
The Corvette's frame was also determined to be sound during the car's disassembly, and was prepared for paint and correctly refinished. In addition, all suspension components were completely disassembled, rebuilt and refinished, while new brakes, wheel cylinders and hydraulic lines were installed as well. The steering box was completely rebuilt, and the rear axle housing and differential were completely disassembled, inspected, rebuilt, and refinished prior to their installation in the restored chassis.
The Blue Flame inline six-cylinder engine was thoroughly disassembled and inspected, then rebuilt and expertly refinished with correct paint colors, emblems, hoses, wires, and associated components throughout. The trio of Carter Type YH carburetors was completely rebuilt as well, and is fitted with a correct dual-element air cleaner setup. The restored interior is equally flawless, and is bathed in correct Shoreline Beige upholstery with tan carpeting. Period correct and attractive throughout, the Corvette is also well-equipped with directional signals, a parking brake alarm, courtesy lamps, windshield washer, heater, and signal-seeking radio.