|Car's approximate birthday:
||December 19, 1953
||The Peter Max VH1 Corvette Collection
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||Base Engine 235ci "Blue Flame" 150hp (150hp)
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||Non Export Car
Seen at: https://www.digitalcorvettes.com/threads/sad-shape-the-53-corvette.37211/
This 1953 Corvette was identified as VIN E53F001291 on the paperwork we could find around it.
The hood release #1 was missing from the car and there was no way to get to
the block casting to see for ourselves.
Note the large oil stain on the passenger floor from a funnel that was thrown
in the car on the floor.
The car has been given a poor restoration, and has been repainted.
There is really bad body work at the hinges on the deck lid, as well as missing bolts.
The dash looks to have been kicked like someone attempted to get the gauges out.
We do not believe the miles to be accurate.
This VIN is not listed on any 53 Corvette registries as being known to currently
exist. So, this could be one sweet find.
It is crying out to be saved. Hopefully we might be granted permission some
day to get the hood open.
Basically, if we could use one finger and it would open, we would take a look.
But, if something required ANY physical effort or tools, it was not our position
It is noted on the paperwork that the steering wheel is not original, the
windshield trim is loose, and the convertible top will NOT go up.
Seen at: https://www.corvetteblogger.com/2010/02/12/the-peter-max-vh1-corvette-collection-is-on-the-move-in-nyc/
The Peter Max VH1 Corvette Collection is on the Move in NYC.
In 1989 VH1 held a contest where they gave a way 36 Corvettes one for every
year beginning in 1953 through 1989 to a single winner. Dennis Amodeo, a
carpenter from Long Island won the collection, but before taking delivery he
sold all 36 Corvettes to Pop artist Peter Max who planned to use the cars for an
art project. The project never got off the ground and the Corvettes ended up
parked in a Brooklyn building where they were essentially forgotten.
The VH1 Corvette Giveaway was the brainchild of Jim Cahill. After a pitch to
the network in 1988 that included toy Corvettes as props, Cahill was given the
green light and began assembling his collection. The Corvettes were purchased
over a couple of months in 1988 although Cahill remembers the 1953 Corvette
being one of the hardest to locate. He recounts there being a big auction down
in Scottsdale where if you have the cash, you can get the car you want. The
cost to assemble the collection ran $610,000. The cost of the 1953 Corvette
itself was $60,000.
The VH1 contest was a rousing success with over 1.3 million entries received.
Amodeo was notified that he won and flew out to California where he was given
the keys to the collection by Mike Love, a member of the Beach Boys. It was at
this time that Peter Max heard about the collection and then had what he calls
the biggest dream ever. I was in the bleachers at a football game, and suddenly
these Corvettes come out of the tunnels.
Peter Max bought the collection for about $500,000 and had the cars shipped
to New York City. At the time he was busy with other projects and a legal battle
with the IRS, so the cars just sat. After being moved a couple of times in those
early years, the 36 Corvettes eventually wound up in the parking garage in
Brooklyn where they remained until earlier this year.
In 2005, Digital Corvettes founder Patrick Gramm heard about the collection
and he and several others set off scouring Brooklyn until they located the cars
in a former Daily News printing plant. Behind a chain link fence sat the 36
Corvettes. They were dirty as hell, many had flat tires and some of the more
valuable roadsters like the 1953 (E53F001291) were stored with its top down,
allowing over 10 years of dust, grime and dirt to accumulate.
The buzz generated by the finding of the Peter Max collection was substantial.
Gramm was very much concerned about the condition of the 1953 Corvette,
#291 of 300 made, and offered to take it to the National Corvette Museum
where it can cleaned up and stored properly until Max was ready to start the
project. Other offers were made to allow a team of Corvette enthusiasts to
come in and take car of the cars, but all were rebuffed.
Now comes word that the Corvette collected was recently moved. Pictures from
twitter user show the Corvettes lined on the street as they were loaded on car
haulers and taken to a new, unnamed location. Is Peter Max getting ready to
fulfill his dream of repainting the Corvettes and then displaying them at Giants
or Yankees Stadium?
Peter Max has signaled that he is ready to start moving forward on the project,
although he now says the paining of the Corvettes will be more subtle than
originally planned. I am going to paint them so it is respectful, he said in the
New York Times article. In addition to the 36 Corvettes already in the
collection, Max's vision calls for purchasing an additional 14 Corvettes so that
there is one from every year through 2003 50 Corvettes in all. After painting
the Corvettes, the cars would go on an exhibition tour before being auctioned
as a set.
David Borroughs of Bloomington Gold was asked by the NY Times about the
value of the collection. With photos and information provided by Patrick
Gramm, and without an on-site inspection, he suggested that the 36 car
collection had an estimated value of $843,000 with the 10 oldest Corvettes
alone accounting for $445,000.
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