1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Roadster Vehicle Profile

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C11953 Chevrolet Corvette C11953 Chevrolet Corvette C11953 Chevrolet Corvette C11953 Chevrolet Corvette C11953 Chevrolet Corvette C11953 Chevrolet Corvette C11953 Chevrolet Corvette C11953 Chevrolet Corvette C11953 Chevrolet Corvette C11953 Chevrolet Corvette C11953 Chevrolet Corvette C1
Roadster
Designer: Harley Earl
The result of the 30-month collaboration of Harley Earl's Art & Colour Studio and Chevrolet Division Engineering was the Corvette, a radical departure from conventional design, a two-place roadster with a Fiberglas body. Production began the following June.

Only 315 were produced that first model year, all powered by Chevy's inline six-cylinder engine rated at 150 horsepower with triple sidedraft carburetors. This particular Corvette was among those built and was kept within Chevrolet only to re-emerge during late 1955 to be prepared for NASCAR sanctioned speed trials for Speed Week, held in February, 1956 at Daytona Beach.

Corvette owners could test their own cars and join the 100-mph Club if successful. This Corvette and a 1956 model were prepared by Chevrolet's Experimental Shop directed by Zora Arkus-Duntov whose high-performance 'Duntov Cam' in current V8 engines fitted dual four -barrel carburetors produced an estimated 240 horsepower.

With three-speed transmissions, heavy-duty suspension and rear end components, along with aerodynamic aids, this 1953 model was the earliest model Corvette campaigned in NASCAR competition. These Corvettes helped launch Chevrolet's new V8, and were raced out of 'Smokey' Yunick's 'Best Damn Garage In Town' with three-time Indy 500 winner Mauri Rose as Chevrolet's man in the field. The later body style was ninth overall in the 1956 Sebring 12-Hour, driven by John Fitch and Walt Hansgen that won Class B.

One of two Corvettes, a 1953 and a 1955, that were reclaimed from the depths of Chevrolet Engineering to be equipped with dual four high output 1956 engines, 3-speed close ratio transmissions, heavy duty stock car racing rear end assemblies (3.27 gear ratio), plastic tonneau covers, small racing windshields and relocated gauges per Mauri Rose.

Work was done by Chevrolet Experimental Shop and Garage subject title: 'Rebuilding of NASCAR/Daytona beach in late December 1955 or early January 1956 in time for the Flying Mile competition and promotional photos with Bill France driving this car, number 211.

This Chevrolet Engineering effort involved Briggs Cunningham, John Fitch, Z.A. Duntov, Ed Cole and over 125 engineers and several 1953 to 1955 Corvettes that culminated with a win at Sebring in 1956 with John Fitch driving a 1955 Chevrolet Engineering Corvette with VIN #1194, which spared the Corvette from extinction.


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

2019 1
2018 6
2017 5
2016 6
2015 4
2014 3
2013 4
2012 7
2011 5
2010 5

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$220,000$220,0001
2018$245,675$319,0006
2017$204,100$275,0005
2016$256,433$533,5006
2015$268,625$379,5004
2014$352,733$660,0003
2013$225,669$346,5004
2012$258,357$467,5007
2011$110,160$198,0005
2010$129,530$247,5005

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: *E53F001290
Sold for $220,000
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
Chassis#: E53F001245
Sold for $184,800
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
Chassis#: E53F001147
Sold for $217,250
  2018 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
Chassis#: E53F001184
Sold for $250,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Chassis#: E53F001201
Sold for $250,000
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale
 
1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 235/150 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: E53F001030
Sold for $319,000
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for $253,000
  2018 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
Sold for $269,500
  2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Replica Roadster
Sold for $25,000
  2017 Mecum : Harrisburg
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for $220,000
  2017 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for $231,000
  2017 Worldwide Auctioneers: Texas Classic Auction
 
1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 235/150 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: E53F001200
Sold for $275,000
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Chassis#: E53F001228
Sold for $135,000
  2016 Mecum : Monterey
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for $181,500
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Chassis#: E53F001180
Sold for $138,600
  2016 Worldwide Auctions - The Houston Classic
 
1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE #300
Chassis#: E53F001300
Sold for $533,500
  2016 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for $350,000
  2016 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for $200,000
  2016 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for $379,500
  2015 Auctions America : Hilton Head
 
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
Chassis#: E53F001157
Sold for $220,000
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
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 Custom Resto Mod 2018 Mecum : Kissimmee$55,000  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2018 Mecum : Kissimmee$212,500  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2018 Mecum : Kissimmee$200,000  
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 Roadster 2016 Mecum Indianapolis   
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Replica 2016 Mecum Indianapolis$36,000  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Replica 2016 Mecum Indianapolis$40,000  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2016 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale$165,000  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Replica Convertible 2016 Mecum : Kissimmee   
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2016 Mecum : Kissimmee$200,000  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2016 Mecum : Kissimmee$140,000  
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
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster Original UnrestoredE53F0010832013 Russo & Steele Newport Beach$220,000  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2013 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Auction$185,000  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster Bloomington Gold, NCRS Duntov 2012 Mecum Dallas, TX$210,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11954 Roadster
Engine Num: 0273609F54YG
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11954 Roadster
Chassis Num: E54S001010
Engine Num: 3835911-0057980F54YG
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11954 Roadster
Chassis Num: E54S004221
Engine Num: 0769197F54YG
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11956 Convertible
Chassis Num: E56S002548
Engine Num: 04355082F56GR
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11956 Convertible
Chassis Num: E56S003291
Engine Num: 0525707F56GV
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Roadster
Chassis Num: 1240
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Roadster
Chassis Num: 6338
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Roadster
Chassis Num: E57S 105176
Engine Num: F612EL
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Roadster
Chassis Num: E57S 105626
Engine Num: F424 EG VC
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11960 Convertible
Chassis Num: 00867S 100662
Engine Num: FO802CU
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11960 Convertible
Chassis Num: 00867S 103675
Engine Num: T0919D
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11960 Convertible
Chassis Num: 00867S108726
Engine Num: 3756519
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11961 Convertible
Chassis Num: 10867S105619
Engine Num: 1105619

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