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1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1

Chassis number : E53F001103

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Sold for $440,000 at 2007 The Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction.
This 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster was offered for sale at the 2007 Sports and Classic Car Auction presented by The Worldwide Group, in Hilton Head Island, SC where it was estimated to sell for $400,000 - $550,000.

The Corvette was Chevrolet's answer to the demands made by returning military GI's coming back from Europe who were searching for a suitable sports car similar to the those in the European market. Jaguar's answer to this demand was the XK120, which had style, performance and affordability.

Production of the Corvette began in mid-1953 with only 300 examples created, including the pre-production Motorama show cars. The 1953 models were created in Flint, Michigan and moved to Chevy's St. Louis Plant a year later. Due to the low production figures, many of the cars parts were hand fabricated or modified from other existing Chevrolet parts.

This example is number 103 of the 300 examples produced. It was found in 2003 as part of a Pennsylvania estate. It had been stored, unrestored, and untouched for over forty years. It was treated to a 2,000 hour body-off-frame restoration which brought it to NCRS Top Flight standards. The paint is lacquer in keeping with the historical accuracy. All of the gauges, WonderBar radio, speaker power pack, and clock have been rebuilt and are in working condition.

It has many unique items only to the 1953 Corvette, including the valve cover, cigarette lighter, wheel covers, overflow tank, windshield washer foot pump, jack and jack accessories, trunk mat, keys, and side curtain bag.

At auction, this was one of the highlights of the day. It was one of the rarest to cross the auction block, and certainly one of the best restored. Bidding was lively, finally settling at $440,000 and falling within the estimated value.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2007

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2007 The Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $400,000-USD $550,000 
Sale Price :
USD $440,000

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

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