Thursday, May 11, 2023

Automotif CCCLXVII...

When I say that if you sit out in front of Fat Dan's and Twenty Tap long enough, one of everything will drive by, I'm only half joking.

It's nearly impossible to distinguish 1953, 1954, and 1955 Corvettes from a curbside perch, but statistically speaking it's most likely a '54. 

See, there were only three hundred 1953 models built and only a couple hundred of those are still running around out there. The 1955 only had a production run of, like, 700 units. Of the seven hundred '55s built, all but seven were V-8 cars, and the "Corvette" fender badge on this car lacks the large gold "V" indicating it has the 265 small block, so it's packing a Blue Flame inline six. Ergo, probably a '54.

This '54 is in Polo White with a Sportsman Red interior, one of 3,230 so configured, making it easily the most common variant of the '53-'55 'Vettes. The 235 cubic inch Blue Flame inline-6 had three single-venturi sidedraft Carter carbs and put out 150 SAE gross horsepower (bumped to 155 with a mid-year camshaft change).

Performance was...leisurely by modern standards, but compared to rolling Wurlitzers that dominated the Detroit scene at the time, it was small and nimble.

And still rolling, almost seventy years later.