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1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1

In 1953 the Corvette was debuted at the Motorama display at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. It was conceived by Harley J. Earl. It was a two seat convertible built by GM aimed at capturing the small car market from manufacturers like Jaguar and MG. All 1953 Corvettes were convertibles with black canvas tops, Polo white with red interiors, and built by hand.

Power came from an existing Chevrolet 235 cubic inch 6 cylinder engine. Modifications were done to it such as a three carburetor design and dual exhaust which resulted in higher horsepower ratings. The 150 hp 'Blue Flame Special' engine was paired with a a 2-speed automatic gearbox. The first twenty-five vehicles used the standard Chevrolet 'baby moon' passenger car wheel covers due to a shortage of wheel covers.

During the 1953 production year, 300 Corvettes were produced making it the rarest production Corvette - not including the racing variants, concepts, and specialty models. 255 are still in existence. In 1953 the base price for the Corvette was $3,498 with a heater and AM radio offered as optional equipment. The heater could be purchased for $91.40 and the AM Radio for $145.15.


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1953 Vehicle Profiles

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Harley Earl

Chassis Num: E53F 001 024

To enhance the appeal of their new sports car, Chevrolet marketing made a concerted effort to sell the new Corvette to 'opinion leaders' - people in positions of power and influence. This car, the 24th Corvette produced, was originally sold to the pr....[continue reading]

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Harley Earl

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 ....[continue reading]

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 vehicle information

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 followin....[continue reading]

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Harley Earl

The C1 was introduced late in the 1953 model year, and produced through 1962. It is commonly referred to as the 'solid-axle' generation. At 300 produced, it is the lowest-volume Corvette. The cars were hand-built and techniques evolved during the pro....[continue reading]

Roadster
Designer: Harley Earl

Chassis Num: E53F001003

When the owner of this Corvette chassis purchased it on eBay in 2012, his intent was to restore it to its original glory. Being the oldest production Corvette, as verified by the original serial number of E53F001003, he knew he was in possession of a....[continue reading]

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Harley Earl

Chassis Num: E53F001103

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. ....[continue reading]

1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Harley Earl

Chassis Num: 300

This is one of the most famous of the early Corvettes (serial number 300) and the last of the initial run of hand-built cars from the Flint, Michigan, GM factory. Originally delivered to a California doctor, it went into storage for many years befor....[continue reading]

Roadster
Chassis #: E53F 001 024 
Roadster
 
Roadster
 
Roadster
 
Roadster
Chassis #: E53F001003 
Roadster
Chassis #: E53F001103 
Roadster
Chassis #: 300 

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$1,260-$3,500
1953 Corvette C1
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1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Base Price : $3,500

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Chevrolet
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)1,142,460
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)1,505,910
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Meteor (1,408,478)1,567,117
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)1,704,667
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)1,143,561
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)1,346,475
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)818,142
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)1,229,986
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)1,498,590
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)1,010,013
1948Chevrolet (696,449)Ford (430,198)Plymouth (412,540)696,449

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