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1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1

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General Motors called the first Corvette the EX-122 and it would appear as a General Motors Motorama show car and exhibited at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in January of 1953. EX-122 proved to be popular; the first production Corvette was built on June 30, 1953 in Flint, Michigan and only 300 were built. These cars were built virtually by hand and all on a pilot line.

During the first year of production, the Corvette was available only in Polo White with Sportsman red buck seat interior trim. This car has a wheelbase of 102 inches and weighs 2,705 lbs. There is an overhead valve engine of 235.5 cubic-inches, making 150 horsepower. The base price was US$3,498.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2019

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1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Chevrolet Corvette C1

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for USD$170,500
  2022 Mecum : Glendale
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for USD$418,000
  2022 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Chassis#: E53F001209
Sold for USD$198,625
  2021 Worldwide Auctioneers : The 14th Annual Auburn Auction
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Chassis#: E53F001228
Sold for USD$162,250
  2021 Mecum : Monterey
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for USD$178,750
  2021 Mecum : Indy 2021
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
Chassis#: E53F001227
Sold for USD$201,600
  2021 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
 
1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Chassis#: E53F001032
Sold for USD$176,000
  2021 Gooding & Co : May : Geared Online
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for USD$121,000
  2021 Mecum : Glendale
 
1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 235/150 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: E53F001105
Sold for USD$176,000
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for USD$269,500
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 235/150 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: E53F001105
Sold for USD$220,000
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 235/150 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: E53F001254
Sold for USD$275,000
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
Sold for USD$148,500
  2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: E53F001290
Sold for USD$220,000
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
Chassis#: E53F001245
Sold for USD$184,800
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
Chassis#: E53F001147
Sold for USD$217,250
  2018 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
Chassis#: E53F001184
Sold for USD$250,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Chassis#: E53F001201
Sold for USD$250,000
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale
 
1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 235/150 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: E53F001030
Sold for USD$319,000
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for USD$253,000
  2018 Mecum : Kissimmee
 

Chevrolet Corvette C1s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ROADSTERE53F0012092019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction   
1953 Chevrolet Corvette RoadsterE53F0013002019 Mecum : Monterey$320,000$500,000$750,000
1953 Chevrolet Corvette RoadsterE53F0012992019 Mecum : Monterey$130,000  
1953 Chevrolet CorvetteE53F0010752019 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours $175,000$225,000
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2019 Mecum : Phoenix Auction$170,000  
1953 Chevrolet CorvetteE53F0010872019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona $225,000$275,000
1953 Chevrolet CorvetteE53F0012092019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona $240,000$270,000
1953 Chevrolet CorvetteE53F0012092018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall   
1953 Chevrolet CorvetteE53F0012092018 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Texas Classic Auction   
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2018 Mecum : Kissimmee$200,000  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Resto Mod 2018 Mecum : Kissimmee$55,000  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2018 Mecum : Kissimmee$212,500  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2017 Mecum : Chicago$225,000  
1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE RESTO MOD REPLICA 2017 Leake Tulsa$35,000  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2016 Mecum : Dallas$130,000  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Replica 2016 Mecum Indianapolis$40,000  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Replica 2016 Mecum Indianapolis$36,000  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2016 Mecum Indianapolis   
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2016 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale$165,000  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2016 Mecum : Kissimmee$140,000  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2016 Mecum : Kissimmee$200,000  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Replica Convertible 2016 Mecum : Kissimmee   
1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ROADSTER 2015 Mecum Dallas$210,000  
1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ROADSTER 2015 Mecum Dallas$210,000  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette RoadsterE53F0010272015 Mecum : Monterey$325,000$400,000$500,000
1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ROADSTER 2015 Mecum Harrisburg$245,000  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette RoadsterE53F0012202015 WorldWide Auctions Houston Classic Auction $275,000$325,000
1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ROADSTER RACE CARE53F0012112015 BarrettJackson Scottsdale   
1953 Chevrolet Corvette RoadsterE53F0012732014 Russo & Steele Scottsdale   
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2013 Mecum Auctions Monterey$210,000$250,000$300,000

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1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Profiles

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 vehicle information
Roadster
Designer: Harley Earl
Chassis #: E53F001103
1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 vehicle information
Roadster
Designer: Harley Earl
Chassis #: 300
1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 vehicle information
Roadster
Designer: Harley Earl
Chassis #: E53F 001 024
1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 vehicle information
Roadster
Designer: Harley Earl
1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 vehicle information
Roadster
Designer: Harley Earl
Roadster
Designer: Harley Earl
Chassis #: E53F001003
1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 vehicle information
Roadster
Designer: Harley Earl