One of the more interesting Corvettes we saw down at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction was this unrestored 1954 Corvette roadster with the rare aftermarket bubble top. The Corvette was part of the Hartley Collection and it sold on Saturday afternoon for $88,000 which includes the 10% buyers commission.
The early 1953-55 Corvettes did not have a factory hard top and recognizing a need for one, several aftermarket companies stepped in to fill the void. Soon, companies including Model Builders of Chicago, Plasticon and Scottop of California were manufacturing clear acrylic tops made of plexiglass for the 1954 Corvette. The tops weren’t cheap with some going for $500 at a time when the 1954 Corvette was selling at a starting MSRP of $2774.
The bubble top on the Hartley’s 1954 Corvette was said to be made by Plasticon based on communications with the prior owner and a dated letter.
From the pictures you can see how big the top was when mounted to the car. The top increases the interior cockpit size while giving larger drivers a bit more headroom as well. Many of the comments from people checking out the car said it reminded them of the flying cars on the Jetson’s!
Most of the Harley collection that was offered on Saturday were cars that were unmolested and unrestored originals and this 1954 was no different. The 1954 Corvette’s Polo White paint has aged over the years and the patina of the car was quite remarkable. The interior was in very good shape with no rips, tears or holes in the seats. The top of the car is now over 50 years old as well but appears to be in good condition as well.
Check out the pics of this rare and unique 1954 Corvette from the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Palm Beach, FL:
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