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VIN E53F001299

Car Year: 1953
Car's approximate birthday: December 24, 1953
Owner: Mecum Auctions Monterey 2019
City: Monterey
State: California
Country: United States
Purchase date: Undefined
Status: Current Owner
Nickname: E53F001299
State: Restored
Exterior: Polo White (100.00%)
Interior: Red (100.00%)
Softtop: Black (100.00%)
Wheels: Red (100.00%)
Delivery Dealer Zone: Unknown
Delivery Dealer Code: Unknown
Options: RPO Option Percentage
Sold [%]
Sales Price
  02934 Base Engine 235ci "Blue Flame" 150hp (150hp) 100.00% 3,498.00
  101A Heater 100.00% 91.40
  101B AM Radio 100.00% 145.15
  Total   100.000000000000000%
(300 Cars)
Factory job nr.: Unknown
Export Car: Non Export Car
Car history:
Posted 09/03/2019
Mecum Auctions // Monterey 2019
Lot F150
See this link for pics.

No. 299 of 300 produced
Purchased by the seller's father in the early 1980s
The plan was to treat the car as a piece of art and put it in their house, but the car was placed in storage instead
The car was passed on to his son in 2004 and it remained in storage until 2016
In 2016, the car was removed from storage and the mechanicals were gone through
The engine was rebuilt and the transmission and brakes were serviced
The carpets and seats were replaced
Matching numbers 235 CI Blue Flame Six engine
Triple side-draft carburetors
Powerglide automatic transmission
Polo White lacquer paint
Red interior
Black soft top

The popularization of European sports cars in America was already well underway
when GM Design Chief Harley Earl arrived at the 1951 Watkins Glen International
Sports Car Grand Prix to oversee the display of his Buick Le Sabre concept car.
However, his focus soon turned to the flock of racing machinery that assembled
for the race. The spectacle of the race left a deep impression on Earl that he
took back to corporate headquarters, where he tasked his styling department
with drafting a small, inexpensive sports car with a clearly American character.
With the enthusiastic backing of GM President Harlow Curtice and Chevrolets
top executives, Earls creation famously debuted on November 13, 1953, at the
GM Motorama in New York City, establishing the signature blend of Polo White
paint, red interior and black soft top that completed all 300 of the first-year
Corvettes. The Corvette, however, ran into increasing internal resistance as it
stumbled out of the gate, and it would require the efforts of Earl, incoming
Chevrolet President Ed Cole and engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov to remain faithful
to the cause until it took flight on its own. From 1956 on, Corvette has remained
a fixture as Americas Sports Car, and that first edition continues to enjoy great
appeal with collectors. No. 299 of the 300 built, this 1953 Chevrolet Corvette
was purchased by the sellers father in the early 1980s with a plan to display it
in the family home as an objet dart. Instead, it was placed in storage, where it
remained after it was passed on to the son in 2004. Once the Corvette was
removed from storage in 2016, it received a thorough mechanical inspection.
The triple-carbureted 235 CI Blue Flame Six was rebuilt, the Powerglide 2-speed
automatic transmission and brakes were serviced, and the seats and carpets
were replaced. Otherwise unchanged, this penultimate 1953 Corvette has
passed the years in fine fashion as a wonderful artifact of Corvette history.
For Sale: No

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