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Lot 135 - 1954 Chevrolet Corvette C1 “ Blue Flame”

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ESTIMATE €55,000- €70,000

Auction 2016 mondial de l'automobile paris
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Lot Number 135
Reg. Number UK Registered
Chassis Number E54S004622
Year 1954
Make Chevrolet
Model Corvette C1

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The Chevrolet Corvette C1 was envisioned as an American interpretation of the European sports car. With the use of fiberglass for its body, it was hoped that it represented a new form of personal and leisure transportation. Launched in 1953 with the 235 ci ‘Blue Flame’ inline six which featured three single-barrel Carter side-draft carburetors attached to an effortless Powerglide automatic transmission. The ‘Blue Flame’ cars were produced for just two years making them amongst the rarest.

The majority of Corvette C1’s sported Polo White exterior with red vinyl interior and a beige convertible top, a now iconic colour combination, as demonstrated by this fantastic example.

This Corvette was built in the summer of 1954 and is one of the last 20 Corvettes built for that model year. From 1996 to 1999, this Corvette was thoroughly restored by the Al Prueitt and Sons restoration shop. Prueitt to this day, carry out world class restorations for inclusion in the top Concours events such as Amelia Island and Pebble Beach. Over $180,000 related receipts from Prueitt are available with the car. The quality of this older restoration, and the fact that it has had very little use since, shows in how the car presents itself so gracefully today.

Cette Corvette a été fabriquée pendant l’été 1954 et est une des dernières Corvettes de cette année là. De 1996 à 1999, cette Corvette a été complètement restaurée par les ateliers spécialisés Al Prueitt and Sons. Prueitt a fait une restauration permettant à ce modèle de figurer dans les meilleurs concours comme ceux de Amelia Island ou de Pebble Beach. Des reçus , pour plus de 180,000$sont fournis avec la voiture. La qualité de cette restauration et le fait que la voiture ait peu servi depuis expliquent la beauté du modèle présenté aujourd’hui.


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