We’ll be the first to say that any vintage Corvette deserves to be restored to its full glory.
But sometimes you have to be a little practical unless your wallet is like one of those perpetual motion contraptions and constantly refills with more cash.
Such an example might be this 1954 Corvette that has been stored in a barn since 1969.
This classic C1 from the second year of production is available at the “Buy It Now” price of $28,000 on ebay.
That’s the lowest priced 1954 on the site, with other prices ranging from $55,930 all the way up to a staggering $184,900 for a restomod that admittedly might be my favorite ’54 ever!
Unfortunately, we’re wondering if a new owner could ever get his money back from this car because it definitely needs a whole lot of work!
The best thing about this Corvette might be the body, which from the photos provided on ebay looks to be in pretty decent shape. Also, the frame and underside “look very good,” the seller notes. It also rolls and steers “fine” though it doesn’t run or drive, he admits.
To us, this car makes more sense as a high-dollar restomod since it’s not going to be an original creampuff. The factory six-cylinder engine is “long gone” and the interior is basically a matter of starting over from scratch.
Since it’s been more than 65 years since this car was made, and in very limited numbers (3,640 in 1954), parts are likely going to be hard to locate.
This car reminds me of a 1979 10th Anniversary Trans Am that my wife and I bought years ago for what we thought was a great price. Unfortunately, by the time we got it running good, we already had a boatload of money in it and still needed to do the interior and paint the exterior. We finally climbed out of the money pit and went screaming for the hills!
Along those lines, it might make better financial sense to purchase another 1954 already in good shape. We saw a “very original” one on ebay today for $59,995 that has already been gone through by an NCRS judge, had all the systems repaired (at a cost of $21,000), and has been judged as a 2nd Flight Survivor. Likely not to be nearly as many surprises with this car as a $28,000 barn find.
But the thrill of the chase is what drives some enthusiasts, so we wouldn’t mind seeing someone with deeper pockets than us, decide to take on this challenge and bring this ’54 back to life. Will it be you?
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