Lot #1355 - Sportsman red, red interior, beige soft top, 235 CID inline 6 cylinder, 155hp, Powerglide automatic transmission. The second year of Corvette production saw increased popularity along with subtle changes and newly available options. With the Rose bowl's first color television broadcast for 1954, so came the first colors on Corvettes-- you of course only get white in 1953. Chevrolet now offered a patriotic lineup of Sportsman red, Polo white and Pennant blue along with basic black. While the Corvette had limited sales success during 1954, it would ultimately be overshadowed by the autumn introduction of the brand new '55 Ford Thunderbird. Only 3,640 cars would roll off the lines at the brand new, Corvette -only assembly plant in St. Louis; meanwhile, Ford hit the ground running with 4,000 people placing T-bird orders by the time the car was released in October. Needless to say, the rarity of these first generation Corvettes is what contributes to their collectability today . Furthermore, the European influenced styling has aged extremely well with the shape becoming what is widely considered as an all-time classic. The lovely example presented here has had only three known owners since the time it was reportedly sold in Sonoma, CA. The second owner and his wife acquired the car from the original owner while in on business in California 1961. Upon the husband's untimely passing in 1990, the wife decided to have their "Old Buddy" restored. She began the lengthy process of sourcing correct, original parts, and securing skilled professionals to carry out the restoration work. Included is an extensive file documenting the restoration process, pictures, information and receipts totaling in excess of $46,000. Being a late-production example the car is complete with all the options offered for 1954 including signal seeking AM radio, parking brake alarm, courtesy lights, turn signals, and heater. The undisputed desirability of first generation Corvettes along with the interested three-owner history and high quality restoration make this a very unique, "must have" example. Only 100 54's were produced in "Sportsman Red."