Russo and Steele Collector Car Auctions has announced that this 1953 Corvette owned by Corvette restoration guru Noland Adams will cross the auction block next month at their Scottsdale event which runs from January 18th – 22nd. Noland purchased the C1 in 1955 and in 2005 the car was featured on the popular Corvette stamp.
The noted Corvette historian and Hall of Fame member is best known for his restoration guides: Corvette Restoration & Technical Guide, Volume I, 1953-62 and Corvette Restoration & Technical Guide, Volume II, 1963-67. Other works of his include Corvette, American Legend discussing 1953 development and the addendums covering 1954-1960 topics.
In addition to being an accomplished author, Noland has created a series of restoration videotapes, penned countless Corvette-related magazine articles, and has given numerous Corvette presentations. He was the technical advisor on Monogram’s 1953 Corvette model kit as well the Franklin Mint’s 1953 model. He owns NCRS membership #4.
Adams bought his 1953 Corvette, VIN 284, in 1955. In 1999 he completed a ten year restoration of the car and hit the judging circuit with it. The awards came flooding in including Bloomington Gold, NCRS Top Flight, NCRS Performance Verification (PV), and a NCRS Duntov award at 99.8%. Anyone familiar with the judging process can attest to the fact that a PV and a Flight score that high is beyond difficult to achieve.
Early in the 2000’s Mid America Motorworks led a successful charge to get 100,000 signatures on a petition for the United States Post Office to create a Corvette Stamp to celebrate the car’s 50th birthday in 2003. Out of 50,000 stamp proposals submitted the Corvette stamp was one of 20 ideas that was approved.
To help in the creation of the stamp, Noland served as a top secret technical advisor to the USPS using his car as a guide. He even located the proper white to duplicate the Polo White on his VIN 284. After much hard work the stamp was released to the public in 2005. We’re sure most of the readers here (including your author) have affixed one of the Corvette stamps to an envelope or two in the past.
A quick tour of the Corvette Market auction database shows that over the last few years sales of 1953 Corvettes have averaged right around $200,000. Some have sold for more and some have sold for less. Given the history and condition of this car we expect it to sell comfortably above that $200k mark. We’re just not sure if you can pay for it in stamps or not.
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