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1954 Chevrolet Corvette Corvair Concept

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 on to 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.

For 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.


by Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2015

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The 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Corvair concept was a 2-door fastback, 2-passenger coupe. When it made its debut at the 1954 GM Motorama in New York City, it was a ruby red color but was repainted light seat foam green for the subsequent Los Angeles show....[continue reading]

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