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Today’s Corvettes are sleekly designed high-performance machines that have very few direct rivals. Even when people think back to classic Corvette models, most will mentally land on the seminal Corvette Stingray from the late 1960s. Those people, plus many more would be shocked to learn the Chevy Corvette started as a beautifully smooth roadster that was more analogous to British roadsters of the day. This week’s Custom Cruise Friday feature is a 1954 Chevy Corvette, owned by Don Logan of Edmonton, Alberta. His classic Corvette represents the second year the model was in production and is one of just a little more than 3,600 built.
Logan started his search and learning process about classic Corvettes more than 30 years ago. In 1980 he found what would become his 1954 Corvette about to enter an auction in Calgary, Alberta. After paying the reserve price to keep out of a bidding war, his love affair with the car began.
“It’s so unique,” Logan said. “It’s really a work of art.”
Almost 99.9 percent of the Corvette is original. A previous owner replaced the original red leather upholstery and floor covering with a black version. Beyond that, everything is original from factory, save for parts that need to be replaced as a part of regular maintenance, including hoses, gaskets and seals.
“It’s actually the most dependable car in my life considering the amount of time I’ve had it,” Logan said.
As is often the case with conscientious owners of classic vehicles, he only drives the car during the late spring and summers in Edmonton and never terribly far from home. In fact, in the nearly 40 years that Logan has owned the car, he’s entered it in just three car shows, coming home with two awards. While he understands the reasoning for people to join car clubs, it’s something that he isn’t looking for right now.
“I enjoy (the 1954 Corvette,)” Logan said. “I like working on it. I like driving it and I like showing it. So I just keep it like that.”
When the 1954 Chevy Corvette was produced, it was a technological marvel for a number of different reasons. Chief among them is the heavy use of fiberglass in the vehicles body. This kept the weight below 3,000 pounds and allowed for the 235 cubic-inch, straight 6 “Blue Flame” engine to work a little easier. In stark contrast to today’s Corvettes, Logan’s 1954 model produces just 150 horsepower. Only the 1953 and 1954 model-years featured a six-cylinder engine. Corvettes with a standard V-8 engine began rolling off of the assembly line in 1955.
Logan’s Corvette also features three, one-barrel side-draft Carter carburetors, a dual exhaust and a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission.
Certainly, the 1954 Chevy Corvette has a unique profile which attracts a lot of positive attention. Logan can barely pass a red light without someone rolling down a window asking what exactly is he driving.
“People don’t realize it’s a Corvette,” Logan said. “The biggest guess is that it’s a (Ford) Mustang. I don’t know how they confuse that.”
Classic car owners often want to put their mark on the cars they own. Some opt for new paint job, others may choose to take the “resto-mod” track. Logan has considered making several upgrades to his 1954 Corvette, but he always ends up just keeping it as is — and for good reason– it’s the right thing to do.
“I’ve been to several Corvette experts,” Logan said. “All have said the same thing, ‘Don’t touch it. Keep it in the condition it’s in. Just drive it and enjoy it.'”
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