E (First Digit) - General Motors Identification Code for Chevy Corvette
54 (Second & Third Digits) - Model Year
S (Fourth Digit) - Location of the Assembly Plant. S - St. Louis, Missouri
00XXXX (Fifth thru Tenth Digits) - Production Sequence Numbers.
The last three digits begin at 1001 and run thru 4,640, accounting for each of the 3,640 Corvettes built in 1954.
Each Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is unique to an individual car.
For all 1954 Corvettes, the location of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is located on the driver side door post.
The VIN is also stamped on several locations on the Corvette frame.
1954 CORVETTE FACTORY OPTIONS
CODE:DESCRIPTION: QUANTITY:RETAIL PRICE:
Base Corvette Roadster
AM Radio, signal seeking
Whitewall Tires, 6.70 x 15
Powerglide Automatic Transmission
Parking Brake Alarm
Base Corvette Roadster (2934) - The "real" base price of the 1954 Chevrolet Corvette.
The base price was effective October 28, 1954.
The base price included federal excise taxes.
Prices did not include local taxes or any additional dealer charges.
Initial 1954 pricing was the same as 1953.
The base price was actually a recommended price. Original customer sales records indicate that actual Corvette pricing charged by dealers varied both above and below suggested retail price.
Directional Signal (100) - Also known as a turn signal, it is a switch-controlled light that indicates when a car is about to turn.
Heater (101A) - An interior space/.cockpit heater. (A standard option included on all 3,640 1954 Corvettes.)
The heater was not a fresh air type heater. The heater only recirculated interior cockpit air.
AM Radio, signal seeking (102A) - A standard Delco, signal seeking AM radio with conventional volume and tuning dials.
The 1954 signal-seeking AM radio was the same as the unit put into the 1953 Corvette, except all but early 1954 radios had 640-kilocycle and 1240-kilocycle Conelrad national defense emergency markings.
Radio antennas were standard in all 1954 Corvettes. The antenna consists of a wire mesh screen fiberglassed into the interior lining of the trunk lid. Because fiberglass is electrically inert, this solution provided a way of concealing the antenna without creating radio interference.
Whitewall Tires (290B) - Original tires were either U.S. Royal Air Ride, B.G. Goodrich Silvertown or Firestone Deluxe Champion.
All tires were wide-whitewall type, with whitewall widths varying from 2.5 to 3 inches.
Tires were changed late in 1954 production from tube type to tubeless, though it is believed that both types were available (and used) for a limited time period.
Powerglide Automatic Transmission (313M) - An "optional" two-speed automatic transmission developed by GM.
By listing the Powerglide automatic transmission as an option, it was implied that a manual transmission was included as standard equipment. This is not true. Every 1954 Corvette had an "optional" Powerglide transmission installed (and was added to the sales price of the "base" model Corvette.)
Parking Brake Alarm (420A) - A warning light that illuminates/ indicates when the parking brake is applied.
Courtesy Lights (421A) - Interior lights mounted on the interior of the car to aid in visibility when outside lighting is unavailable.
Windshield Washers (422A) - A washer pump and dispensing nozzle mechanism that dispenses cleaner onto the windshield.
The windshield washer systems of the 1954 Corvette were vacuum-operated.
It was activated by pressing a button on the windshield wiper switch.
THE C1 CORVETTE - VIN/OPTIONS
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