The 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Corvair is one of the fabulous show cars or experimental models that came from the advanced styling studio at General Motors. Two other show cars were also made, the 1954 Corvette Hardtop and 1954 Corvette Nomad. This concept car was originally introduced to the public in early 1954 at the 1954 General Motors Motorama in New York City. The upscale event was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. As you can see from the images below it looked a lot like the 1953 Corvette on the right.
Reportedly the name Corvair came from the Corvette first produced in 1953 and the Bel Air trim package first introduced on the 1950 Chevrolet’s. Based on the 1953 Corvette, the Corvair featured a fastback roof that swept back to form a recess in the license plate area.
1954 Chevrolet Corvette Corvair Concept Car – Front and Side View
Only one 1954 Corvair was made and it was destroyed at the factory in 1955. In October 1959 Chevrolet introduced the 1960 Corvair. It would be the first rear engine car produced by Chevrolet.
1954 Chevrolet Corvair – Rear View
This 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Corvair Advertising Brochure said the following…
The Chevrolet Corvair – Here in this experimental two passenger model with its glass fiber reinforced plastic body, Chevrolet brings new aerodynamic design to the closed sports car. The ultra streamlined top sweeps back to a jet exhaust type rear opening.
1954 Chevy Corvette Corvair Advertising Brochure