The Corvette name is directly associated with the zenith of Chevrolet performance and if you haven’t been paying close attention, you might think it always has been. The C1 generation was a bit of a bumpy start for what was a Thunderbird copycat.
In 1954 it was equipped with a souped-up version of the standard 235ci inline six cylinder. This “Blue Flame” sported most obviously three Carter side-draft carburetors and coupled with a high compression ratio was good for 150hp that was capable of propelling all 2886 lbs to 0-60 in 11.6 seconds. If that seems underwhelming, keep in mind that it was enough that GM didn’t have a manual transmission fit to sit behind it and since opted for the 2-speed powerglide auto on all models.
That didn’t stop a dealer option that would add a Paxton supercharger, though this model is without one. With a Polo white exterior, Sportsman red interior seen in pristine condition this ‘Vette was able to make it’s owner $60,500 on the block.