1954 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
The popularity of some of America's greatest muscle cars has grown to the point that components, and even complete replicas, are produced as entirely new assemblies. Of course, being an astute enthusiast, you already knew that. I mean, when was the last time you saw an original Shelby Cobra? The replicar phenomenon gained even more momentum when Congress passed the Low Volume Motor Vehicles Manufacturers Act of 2015, prompting, among other things, a revival of niche manufacturers like Checker Motor Cars.
With that in mind, it seems perfectly logical that this killer second year Corvette body, a ground-up, custom build, happily prowls the streets as a modern restomod. The name Art Morrison is legendary in his hot rod and restomod creations. Taking present day engineering in suspension and drive train technologies, Morrison re-creates classics of the past with the performance and function of modern-day super cars.
This Morrison 1954 is draped in beautiful red that is miles deep. Simple lines with a generous peppering of chrome from the front grille, to the headlight bezels and screens, to the wonderful jet age belt line trim that stretches from bumper to bumper. It's the 50's, and fins are in, and this Corvette does not disappoint by subtly displaying themselves over the taillight. Five spoke chrome American racing wheels are on all four corners The S curve that is created by the tail of this car is sssssimply exquisite!
Plenty of tan, and plenty of leather make up the comfy driver's compartment. Extra wide buckets stretch from door to door, where the theme is continued with all leather door panels with replicated Corvette panel stitching. A symmetrical metal dash with cream fronting and red top, houses symmetrically aligned gauges from Stewart Warner. A virtual sea of pristine tan carpeting flows uninterrupted within the floor of the passenger compartment. A push of a button between the buckets reveals a very good condition black convertible top. Removable side screens that protect the passengers in inclement weather, are easily installed atop the doors. Power steering and air conditioning, a Lokar shifter, and seat belts are a few of the awesome upgrades made during the restoration.
Power comes from a Chevy LT-1 engine producing over 330hp through a 4160E floor mounted automatic transmission. Suspension is all C4 Corvette including its 4-wheel power disc brakes.
Clean, structurally sound and not a hint of any rust, everything can be clearly viewed looking from under this build. The attention to detail, the use of C4 suspension, and a new Magnaflow exhaust have this 64 year old classic operating as new.
An Art Morrison build is legendary, the use of new technology is innovative, and the look of this 1954 example Corvette is awesome. All the drama of owning an over half century old car is taken away and the only worry you will have is the crowds of people this beauty will attract.