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VIN E53F001228

Car Year: 1953
Car's approximate birthday: November 18, 1953
Owner: Mecum Auctions Monterey 2016
City: Monterey
State: California
Country: United States
Purchase date: Undefined
Status: Current Owner
Nickname: E53F001228
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 03/28/2020

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First year for the Chevrolet Corvette
One of 300 produced in 1953
Hand-built in Flint, Michigan
235 CI Blue Flame Six engine
Powerglide automatic transmission
Polo White with Red interior
Signal-seeking AM radio
Full size spinner wheel covers
Wide Whitewall tires
Side curtains included

The early postwar years and the accompanying economic boom had seen a
significant increase in demand for European sports cars, but it was hardly
enough to draw the interest of any American automobile manufacturer. In fact,
the idea seemed like a sure money-loser in the world of the mass-production
automobile. Fortunately, General Motors pioneering Styling Chief Harley Earl
bucked that convention after attending the September 1951 Watkins Glen sports
car race and finding an impressive array of Ferraris, Jaguars, Alfa Romeos and
other European fare. Upon his return, Earl tasked his styling department with
sketching a small, inexpensive sports car with a recognizably American character.
Robert McLean, a recently hired Cal Tech graduate, drew the basic layout, and
Duane Bohnsedt borrowed several Earl styling cues, designing a low-profile
roadster body with a wraparound windshield, flowing fenders, an oval front
grille and simple tail lights set into rocket-inspired fins. Dubbed the Corvette,
the new car was introduced at the GM Motorama held at the Waldorf-Astoria
Hotel in New York City and, by the end of the tour, had attracted the attention
of more than 4 million people. Hand built by Chevrolets most experienced
technicians, craftsmen and assemblers, the first 300 Corvettes were delivered
only to GM executives and high-profile celebrities, all finished in Polo White with
red interiors and black soft tops. Chevrolets choice of a modified Blue Flame
Six engine and 2-speed Powerglide transmission proved a disappointment to
die-hard enthusiasts, but the rakishly styled new American sports car rendered
in revolutionary fiberglass laid the foundation for what has become a distinctly
American cultural icon.

This Polo White-over-red 1953 Corvette Roadster is number 228 of 300 hand-
built cars sourced from the original Flint, Michigan, factory. It features the 235
CI inline-6 engine, Powerglide automatic transmission, signal-seeking AM radio,
heater, full-size spinner wheel covers and wide whitewall tires.
For Sale: No

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