For all practical purposes the 1953 and 1954 Corvettes were the same.
- Minor changes were made to the window storage bag, air cleaners, starter, and locations of the fuel and brake lines.
- Unlike the previous year's model (which offered only Polo White), the 1954s were also available in Pennant Blue, Sportsman Red, and Black.
- The soft top was now offered in beige.
- A new style of valve cover was used. It was held on by four bolts through the outside lip instead of two center studs.
- The valve cover decals were different with larger lettering.
- The optional radio had Conelrad National Defense System icons on its face.
- In early 1954, the original two-handled hood latch was changed to a single-handle design.
- Six-cylinder Corvettes after serial number E54S003906 had integrated dual-port air cleaners.
- A clip to hold the ventiplanes closed was added in late 1954 and also used on all 1955 models.
- Corvette used the standard 10 symbol Chevrolet Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) coding system.
- The I.D. tag was located on the left-hand front door hinge pillar.
- E = Corvette model
- 54 = 1954
- S = St. Louis, MO assembly plant
- the last six numbers were the sequential production number
- They numbered from E54S001001 to E54S004640.
- The engine number was found on the right-hand side of the crankcase behind the distributor.
- The engine numbers for 1954 used the prefix "LG".
- Since the Corvette bodies were virtually handmade, they did not carry standard Fisher Body Style Numbers as did other GM cars.
- The Corvette model number consisted of the four digits 2934, which also served as the body style number for the early production years.
||surprisingly, a six-cylinder, inline, overhead valve unit with a cast iron block.
||235.5 cid (3.9 liters)
|Bore & Stroke
||3.56 in. (90mm) x 3.93 in. (100mm)
||150 brake hp @ 4200 rpm.
||single breaker point.
||Three Carter Type YH one-barrel Model 2066S on the early models
||Later in the model year, a new camshaft increased the horsepower to 155
||102 inches (2.591 m)
||167 inches (4.242 m)
||57 inches (1.448 m)
||58.8 inches (1.494 m)
||coil springs with tubular shock absorbers and stabilizer bar
||Leaf springs, tube shocks and solid rear axle
||Drum on all four wheels
- RPO 102A Signal-seeking AM radio ($145.15)
- RPO 100Q Polo White directional signals ($16.75)
- RPO 100R Pennant Blue directional signals ($16.75)
- RPO 101A Heater ($91.40)
- RPO 422A windshield washer ($11.85)
- RPO 420A parking brake alarm ($5.65)
- RPO 313M Powerglide automatic transmission ($178.35)
- RPO 290B 6.70 x 15 White sidewall tires
- RPO 421A Courtesy light ($4.05)
1954 Corvette Notes
- Production of 1954 Corvettes began December 23, 1953.
- Approximately 80 percent of the 1954 Corvettes were painted white.
- About 15% had a Pennant Blue exterior with Shoreline Beige interior.
- About 3% were Red with a Red interior and some Black cars with Red interiors were built.
- In addition, Metallic Green and Metallic Brown cars are thought to have been built.
- The 1954 Corvette did not achieve its sales target of 10,000 cars.
- In fact, over 1100 were unsold when the year ended.
- A 1954 Corvette could go from 0 to 60 mph in 11 seconds and from 0 to 100 mph in 41 seconds.
1954 CORVETTE PHOTOS