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Parked Since ’64: 1954 Corvette

Stored since 1964

When Barn Finds reader Bill M. sent over a link to the upcoming Cabin Fever Auctions, I knew we had to share it, if for no other reason than this 1954 Corvette! It is a first generation car and has supposedly been parked since 1964. No other details are provided by the auction house that we can find, but the photos are impressive! There are a bunch of other cars on offer too, but I have a feeling the Corvette will be the star of the show. It will be held on May 16th in Douglassville, Pennsylvania and you can visit Auction Zip for more information. See anything else in there worth pursuing? Thanks for the tip Bill!


  1. TBall

    Yes, I can imagine this will be the star of the show. Would love to rework that one, very nice example – thanks for sharing!

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  2. jim s

    take a look at that auction, what look like hemi and flathead motors on pallets, tr3, first year miata, and other interesting items. yes i too think the corvette is the star but a lot of other nice stuff also. great find.

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  3. geomechs geomechs Member

    One of those things I want despite the questionable quality and performance. I just love the early Vettes.

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  4. Dolphin Member

    It’s still hard for me to believe that people can leave a car like this in a garage under a pile of stuff for decades. Someone in the family must know what a Corvette is and that people want them. What was the thinking? Was a decision made to leave it alone, or did it just happen? I’d like to see it get into Tom Cotter’s next “Corvette In The Barn” book so we’d have the answer.

    Whatever the reason, this find is one more example that it’s not time to give up searching for possible resto projects, even if the cars are low production very desirable cars. They are still out there, and you never know when or where they will pop up.

    Altho you’d need to check it out up close to know for sure, this car looks like it might be a possible preservation car. I would like to have the chance to go over it and see. One thing that makes me think that is, in addition to the good overall look of the car, the side curtains are still with the car, and altho dirty they look undamaged. I think that’s a pretty good sign.

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    • Howard A Member

      Hi Dolphin, who knows why cars were parked. I’m sure the reasons are varied. For example, I went to a yard sale in a small town, and in the corner of the garage, was a car covered by a tarp, and had an outline of a Corvette. When I inquired about it, the elderly woman who was hosting the sale, said that it was her sons car, and he was killed in Vietnam, and she would never sell it, as long as she was alive. So, who knows.

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  5. Ross W. Lovell

    Greetings All,

    Worked on an early car, 3 digit car, under 200.
    Surprised that GM felt the need to copy foreign cars with a 6 and 3 carbs when they had an eight in their stockrooms.
    Build quality of the fiberglass was atrocious.
    Whatever GM paid Duntov, it wasn’t enough. The man’s vision inspired those that worked with him and because of that the current ‘Vette is the car it is today. You need to spend twice as much for any other production car to get something worthy to be competition for the Corvette.
    Love the early ones though.

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    • Wayne

      An Oldsmobile or Cadillac corvette? Neat idea.

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  6. charlie Member

    I wonder if it is the one I owned in ’66 – ’68 and sold to buy a ’68 Chevelle wagon with the 396, 4 speed, economy rear axle, heavy duty electric, radiator, clutch, suspension. Dealer made me put half down before he would order it, since no one else would want it. (It had to pull my finance’s horse trailer).

    But the Corvette had a bunged in point on the X frame where a previous owner had hit a rock, so it would be easily identified. Ran like the wind (despite the stovebolt 6 and 2 speed Powerglide automatic), as long as you went in a straight line. Carter triple side draft carbs leaked gas, steering wheel aimed right at your heart would have killed you in a head on collision, just did not want to go around a corner. The ’55 with the V8 moved the center of gravity back and was a much better car. But it was really just a ’54 Chevy and was absolutely reliable, started, ran, and stopped with never a complaint. The Plexiglas sidecurtains look better 60 years later than mine did at 15 years, you could barely see through them. So this one may not have had a lot of exposure to the elements.

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  7. Danny

    Charlie, if this was parked in 1964, and you owned one from 1966 and sold it 1968, then its pretty obvious that this ISNT your car. Pretty obvious really. Even I worked that one out.

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  8. Pete

    @Danny, all Charlie wanted to do was tell the world about the one he had. ,but i guess you are too men to figure that one out

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  9. johnd

    Memo to self: Keep old boxes around to stack on cars to create barn find.

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  10. Michael

    Anyone know what it sold for?

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