We’re not used to seeing barn finds as nice as this 1954 Corvette.
Usually, they’re coated with multiple layers of dust and grime, with cracks in the fiberglass and tears in the seat covers after having been neglected for decades.
But that’s not the case with this ’54 that has been in the same family for close to half a century, undergoing a frame-off restoration in the ’80s, winning some awards, and then spending 20 years in storage.
Now it’s up for sale on eBay out of Merritt Island, Florida some four years after the owner inherited this second-year Corvette from his father.
We’ve always had a soft spot in our hearts for ’54 Corvettes because my ninth-grade homeroom teacher, Mr. Wages, had an unrestored example sitting under his carport. Never did find out what happened to that car, but hopefully, it’s been restored sometime over the past 47 years!
Most people probably think of Polo White over red interior when they think of C1 Corvettes, which was the only color combination available in 1953. By their sophomore year, though, Corvettes were also available in a wider range of additional colors, including Sportsman Red, Black, and Pennant Blue.
We love the color combination of this car, Pennant Blue over tan interior.
The seller says his father purchased this Corvette in the early 1970s but now it’s time to pass the torch to another family. He explains that since inheriting the car, “it has just sat since – I don’t have the time or energy to get it back on the road.”
Based on photos that show a straight body with excellent paint and a like-new interior, it appears that cosmetically, this Corvette wouldn’t need much work all these years later. However, the seller does admit some mechanical problems, but they sound like they shouldn’t be too hard to repair.
“Engine does turn over when a test battery is hooked,” he says in the ad. “Fuel is very old and brake pedal goes to the floor – going to need a mechanical refresh.”
Speaking of the powertrain, the seller says he’s been asked if it’s a numbers-matching car. “I had always been told by my dad that it was, but I had never checked it,” he explains about the 150 horsepower Blue Flame six-cylinder engine with triple carbs residing under the hood.
“Here are the numbers I see just behind the distributor. It’s not super clear so I may have a letter or number mixed up – 076984 F54YG – Based on my research it seems about right – the F54YG is correct for the year – prior to 1960 they did not put the serial number on the engines.”
The auction ends at 4:44 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, and so far 31 bids have pushed the highest offer to $47,600. We have to believe it’s worth much more than that, if the condition is indeed as nice as it appears in the photos. So how about it, are you ready to add a Pennant Blue ’54 to your stable?
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