This 1953 Corvette is the 204th Corvette built out of a total of 300. Every 1953 Corvette was finished with a white exterior and a red interior. They are all powered by the tried and true 235 Stovebolt Blue Flame Six Chevrolet engine which was bolted up to a Powerglide automatic transmission. This 1953 Corvette is equipped with a heater, an AM radio, wide whitewall tires, red steel wheels, and Spinner wheel covers.
Mecum Auctions listed this 1953 Corvette and here’s what they said about it: Corvette production was given the go ahead after positive public reaction to the sleek EX-122 Chevrolet Corvette concept from its Motorama touring exhibition. America was apparently ready and eager for a new kind of Chevrolet that as the user manual trumpeted, combined many of the desirable features of a passenger car into a truly fine and beautiful sports car. Getting a breakout Chevrolet like the Corvette into production had a low-volume beginning, yet the resulting 1953 Corvettes looked remarkably similar to the concept car. This example is one of the just 300 original 1953 Corvettes that were hand-built into history.
Under the pop-up front-hinged hood is the 235-cubic-inch Blue Flame inline 6-cylinder engine that was factory rated for 150 horsepower at 4,200 RPM. The proven powerful engine delivered brisk performance in the 2,700-pound Corvette from triple Carter side-draft carburetors and a factory dual exhaust with dual-port exits. The engine is backed by a Powerglide automatic transmission, a desirable and modern powertrain configuration for booming postwar America. The X-frame chassis placed the driver compartment almost over the rear axle with a double A-arm front independent suspension and live rear axle on dual 4-leaf springs.
The streamlined fiberglass body is finished into Polo White. Jet nacelle-shaped single tail lights incorporate stop and directional signals into a single lamp. The low front profile was achieved in part by mounting the radiator longitudinally along the Blue Flame engine. Opening the jet black fabric top reveals a period-perfect red interior with leather-grained vinyl sportsman seating and white-stitched sidewall upholstery.
A full complement of traditional sports-car gauges are in plain view from behind the two-spoke steering wheel. This archetypal Corvette roams the road on a set of red-painted steel wheels dressed with spinner wheel covers and whitewall tires.