1954 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

Courtesy of Bonhams

This beautifully restored second-year ’Vette has covered fewer than 34,000 miles with three different owners in the 60 years since it rolled off the line in St. Louis. Its original owner kept the car only briefly and drove it sparingly before its second owner acquired it in 1958 with a mere 2,000 miles on the register. It was a carefully loved and well-maintained car, and only 29,000 miles were driven in the subsequent 48 years.

The current owner purchased the car in fall of 2006 as a nicely preserved, original car. In January 2010, a careful and thorough two-year restoration was started.

The body was professionally prepped and repainted using paint produced by Bill Hirsch in its original Polo White, while the chrome was all expertly replated. Under the hood, the Blue Flame straight-six engine and Powerglide transmission were torn down and restored by a marque specialist. The red interior was restored to factory-correct standards by House of Customs in Bountiful, UT, and installed by early-Corvette specialist John E. Kennedy.

Based on inspections last year by NCRS judges, the car was said to be the “perfect color” and in excellent nick. Complete with all of its restoration receipts and recent service history, as well as its expertly restored soft top and rarely seen side curtains, it has covered less than 100 miles since restoration.