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The 1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 White Convertible Corvette

The 1954 Chevrolet Corvette saw production moved to a renovated plant in St. Louis, MO. Production was up to 3,640 cars this year but unfortunately a large amount of these remained unsold at the end of the year. The lack of an engine with decent horsepower, the marginal handling and the competition from American as well as European sports cars took its toll. There were more color options this year although the RPO options were not actually optional.

Production Options and Build Statistics
Total 1954 Corvettes Built - 3640

RPO Description Price Production
2934 Base Roadster Convertible $2,774.00 3,640
100 Directional Signals $16.75 3,640
101 Heater $91.40 3,640
102 AM Radio, Signal Seeking $145.15 3,640
290B Whitewall Tires, 6.70x15 $26.90 3,640
313M Powerglide Automatic Transmission $178.35 3,640
420A Parking Brake Alarm $5.65 3,640
421A Courtesy Lights $4.05 3,640
422A Windshield Washer $11.85 3,640

Serial Numbers:  E54S001001 through E54S004640 
Base Engine: 235ci 150hp, 235ci 155hp. A modified camshaft was added to the engine mid-year to increase the horsepower to 155hp. This was not an option that could be ordered.

Color Options for 1954

RPO Exterior Ditzler # Dupont # Interior Soft Top Production
N/A Polo White N/A N/A Red Beige 3,230
N/A Pennant Blue #DAL 11238 #1927 Beige Beige 300
N/A Sportsman Red N/A N/A Red Beige 100
N/A Black N/A N/A Red Beige 4

1954 Chevrolet Corvette Specifications

Physical Dimensions
Wheelbase 102.0 in
Track Frt/Rear (in) 57.0/58.8.0
Length 167.0 in
Width 72.24 in
Height 51.5 in
Frontal Area N/A
Ground Clearance 6.0 In.
Curb Weight 2850 lbs
Weight Dist. F/R (Engine) N/A
Coolant Capacity 17.75 qt.
Fuel Capacity 17.25 gal.
Oil Capacity 5.0 qt.

Engine Specifications
Bore 3.56 in
Stroke 3.94 in
Displacement 235.5 ci
Cylinders 6 (inline)
Compression Ratio 8.0:1
Block Cast Iron
Horsepower 150 bhp @ 4200 rpm
Torque 223 lb-ft @ 2400 rpm
Redline N/A
Carburetion 3 sidedraft Carter Carbs.
Valvetrain Hydraulic

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