Ricky Bobby says if you’re not first, you’re last.
That’s not necessarily the case with this 1954 Corvette that will go on the block at the Mecum Auction in Indianapolis May 16-21, but it does kind of explain the low pre-auction estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.
While first-year 1953 Corvettes regularly bring more than $100,000, the 1954s don’t get that kind of respect when it comes to value.
However, in many ways, it might be better to buy a ’54 over a ’53. As Mecum notes in its description of this car, the later 1954 models seemed to resolve the quality issues that plagued the debut models.
And, if this car does go for the lower $60,000 figure, that seems like a pretty small price in the grand scheme of things to pay for a historic Corvette that carries the impressive serial no. 10. Take note, too, that the car is being offered at no reserve so there will definitely be a new owner next month!
It also has the rarely seen auxiliary hardtop and don’t forget – it’s one of just 3,640 Corvettes produced in 1954. There won’t ever be any more than that ever made, after all.
This example – which has Polo White paint with red interior – also features the early production dual hood latch system, as well as the usual 235/150 Blue Flame Six engine, triple Carter side-draft carburetors, Powerglide automatic transmission, Wonderbar Am radio, red painted steel wheels, full size spinner wheel covers, and bias-play wide whitewall tires.
As Mecum concludes: This machine is a beautiful example of what would have rolled out of the factory in period and is a rare opportunity to own an early-production 1954 Corvette.