The Corvette was introduced at the General Motors Motorama at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York and it was a sensation. Its two-seater body was wrapped around the conventional perimeter frame chassis with independent front suspension and live rear axle. The body itself was a revelation, constructed from a revolutionary material called fiberglass that was only beginning to establish its reputation for light weight, strength, and efficient low-volume manufacturing.
It was powered by Chevy’s proven overhead valve inline 6-cylinder engine. Fitted with three single-throat, side-draft Carter carburetors, mechanical lifters, 8:1 compression, split exhaust manifold and dual exhaust pipes, it made 150 hp and drove through Chevy’s 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission.
The 1953 Corvette offered here is number 120. It has been lovingly and carefully restored with special attention to preserving many of its most unique individual features and markings that are characteristic of the earliest Corvettes. The original Blue Flame Special engine, LAY512502, has been removed and is preserved in carefully restored condition on a rolling engine stand. Many of the original markings put on the Corvette’s parts by vendors and the Flint line have been discovered and protected during its restoration. These include number 120 written on one of the headlight buckets, a rubber-stamped date above the driver’s door post, and red ink markings on the driver’s side door pillar.
A 1953 Corvette is a rare and highly desirable addition to any collection, but a 1953 Corvette with originality, history, and careful preservation is almost never available for public sale.