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30 July 2016

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Lot 149

1954 Chevrolet Corvette

  • Chassis no. E54S004625

Sold for $58,300


155 hp, 235.5 cu. in. OHV inline six-cylinder engine with three Carter carburetors, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, coil springs, tube shocks, and stabilizer front suspension, leaf springs, tube shocks, and solid rear axle, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 102 in.

  • Single ownership for two decades
  • Finished in the desirable Polo White over Red color combination


Looking to compete with European manufacturers in the burgeoning sports car market, Chevrolet introduced the Corvette at the 1953 GM Motorama show held in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Designed and engineered by a team led by Harley Earl, the Corvette featured Jet Age styling cues that won over the hearts of Americans across the country. GM was hoping the Corvette would be a success, but few imagined that it would become America’s most beloved sports car and a legend in its own time.

For the 1954 model year, production increased tenfold from the year before, with Chevrolet building well over 3,000 Corvettes a year. Along with greater production came an increase in the selection of colors for buyers to choose from. In addition to the Corvette’s original color combination of Polo White over a Red leather interior (which remained massively popular), customers could choose from three new exterior colors: Pennant Blue, Sportsman Red, and Black, as well as an optional beige interior.

This Polo White over Red Corvette has been enjoyed by its current, Michigan-based owner for the past 20 years. Purchased from two brothers locally in Michigan, one of whom was an engineer at Chevrolet, the car has been driven and shown throughout his ownership and was always parked in a climate-controlled environment. Enjoyed at local events such as the Woodward Dream Cruise and the former Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, the car has been well maintained throughout its ownership and is described by the consignor as a very nice and dependable driver. The engine was fully rebuilt about four years ago, and the car has been fitted with a new convertible top.

Still just as attractive today as it was some 60 years ago when it was new, an early Corvette is a staple of any collection of American sports and muscle cars. This example would certainly be a lovely warm-weather driver and will continue to get lots of attention and complements wherever it goes, just as it has with its current custodian for the past two decades.

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Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more