V8 In The House! 1954 Chevrolet Corvette

I’m not sure what to make of this 1954 Chevrolet Corvette. It’s rough looking, to say the least, and difficult to determine what the seller or some previous owner’s intention was. It’s not all a mystery – some is very evident and there’s more on that to follow. But the aesthetics, ouch! Still, it’s intriguing to let’s dig deeper into this Miami, Florida domiciled Corvette. It’s available, here on eBay for a current bid of $25,600 with sixteen bids tendered so far.

The seller states, “what you see is what there is” as a sort of look it over and take it or leave it proposition – but he does invite questions which is good as the listing is very detail limited. While there’s not any obvious body damage, this thing looks like it was painted with a roller and a brush. Obviously, the bumpers (mostly), tail lights, turn signals, and things of that nature are missing. And since this car is being sold “as is” all those components will need to be sourced. The grille, headlight buckets and bezels, and the slim stainless side molding are all that appear to have escaped removal, and probably disposal one way or another. It is stated that there is a convertible top frame present – that’s a help.

The interior has fared a bit better with an intact instrument panel, and it gives a clue as to this ‘Vette’s original hue. Speaking of the instrument panel, it appears to be housing a collection of mismatched gauges. Obviously, the outsized original steering wheel has been replaced with one from a much later model. The seats are pretty well shot and that’s some really lumpy-looking carpet – note the lack of a Powerglide gear selector.  A bungee cord to keep the doors closed? Hmmm…

OK, we don’t need no stinkin’ Blue Flame, in-line six-cylinder engine, this Corvette has gone the V8 route a year early. So, besides being one of one hundred million Chevrolet small-block engines created over many years, what is it? It’s hard to say unless you can glimpse the two or three-digit engine code and even that’s not definitive as they had a tendency to be recycled. The safe bet is that it is an emission-controlled era 350 CI motor topped with a Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor but that’s just speculation. In its current state, it’s obviously not a runner as it’s missing too many parts. There’s no indication if it will even spin over. Transmission? Said to be an automatic but nothing further descriptive.

The seller suggests, “car needs full restoration” and I’d suggest that it needs more than that as there’s enough of it missing so that means lots of parts sourcing too. And then there’s the entire matter of the engine… But I get his sentiment, it’s going to need a lot of help before it becomes a viable ‘Vette, wouldn’t you agree?


  1. RoughDiamond Member

    Wow that one is rough as a cob as they say around these parts of TN.

    Like 12
  2. Rw

    Nice Hot Rod potential,why do people freak out when it’s a Vette???

    Like 7
  3. Gary

    Rw, like you, I don’t think all Vettes are destined to be over restored trailer queens, I would install a Morrison chassis under this one with a LS and a five or six speed. Black with red leather interior. Be a nice ride.

    Like 18
  4. Rw

    Put any small block Chevy, make it stop and have fun, after title and Insurance.

    Like 10
  5. OldSchool Muscle

    I would build this as a 1/4 track car.
    To me to much for a restoration no collectible factor…

    Like 2
  6. grant

    The carcass of a long discarded stripped out former parts car for 25k+. It’s like nothing is real anymore.

    Like 15
  7. Rw

    3460 total production, that’s rare in my book.

    Like 7
  8. Jack Quantrill

    Put a $50 deposit on a ‘55, Red V8 three speed manual corvette back in the late 50’s. Couldn’t talk folks into springing the $2500 asking price.

    Like 4
  9. princeofprussia

    I don’t know about that safety bar; I’d feel better with seatbelts. “Your ride is about to begin; please lower your safety bar…”

    Like 2
    • moosie moosie

      Thats a bungee cord holding the doors closed not a safety bar. Rough shape & priced kinda high for what it needs to get it even close to roadworthy. As much as I love Corvettes this one is a hard pass.

      Like 1
  10. FrankD Member

    Just looking at the front of the vette tells me it’s sad and wants someone to rescue me.

    Like 3
  11. John L.

    Looks like something that has been brought over from Cuba. Not even a good parts car.

    Like 1
  12. John Traylor

    Who would want this?

  13. Joe Haskaa

    Let me think Resto Mod this or just call Dave Kindig and buy one of his. The truth is ,I know his would be more expensive, but like allot of pricey things, it is because they are worht it.

    Like 1
  14. chrlsful

    just a few redeaming vette points in this yr for me: thru valance tail pipes, bumpers’n the blue flame. So no, not for me esp w/the best part gone. I like the ’56/60 as to the Itialianite rear end and cove dash (both sides) would consider drivetrain-less for reduced buy price & instal the BF w/its 2, 3 carter side drafts.

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