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June 21, 2023

1954 Chevrolet Corvette Corvair: The Coolest Car That No Longer Exists

Chevrolet introduced their Corvette Corvair Concept at the 1954 GM Motorama in New York City. The 2-door fastback had a Corvette front end, a wrap-around windshield, and design details in the back that resembled a jet-fighter exhaust port. The chopped-off tail was influenced by European designs. The roof was aircraft-inspired, sweeping back and tapering gracefully into the rear design. The roof also gave a glimpse of the quarter window and C-pillar treatment of the 1958 Corvette.

The powertrain and chassis were courtesy of the Corvette. The 1954 Corvette had a 102-inch wheelbase, a 2-speed Powerglide transmission, and a six-cylinder 235.5 cubic-inch engine offering 150 horsepower.

Inside, the seats had the production fiberglass divider between them, in a similar fashion to the stock Corvette roadster. Much of the interior was largely stock, and the roof appears to have been grafted right onto a production Corvette. There was no storage behind the seats. Even though the car had a fastback design, it did not alter the Corvair Concept’s interior layout.

In 1954, sales of the Corvette were slow, and its future was in question. Thus, management decided not to put the fastback coupe concept into production. The Corvair name, however, would be later used on the 1960 Corvair rear-engined compact car.

The original 1954 Corvair Concept was crushed in the period, so an authentic restoration, using an original 1954 Chevy Corvette chassis, was created. Here below is a set of amazing photos of the 1954 Chevrolet Corvette corvair Concept car.

1 comment:

  1. you never seem to understand the difference between concept cars, and production cars. they can make a concept car that looks like the Jetson's ride ..... the real interest comes when those cars are turned into production vehicles.




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