June 30th, 1953: the very first Corvette reaches the end of the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. Just 299 additional cars would be produced that year. Although no firm numbers exist, it’s generally assumed that 200 or so still remain in existence today. They don’t come up for sale very often, so act quickly as here is your chance to score VIN #244 while it’s for sale on eBay.
The white on red C1 is being offered by its owner of the last 43 years. The seller states that it’s in unrestored, original condition. After looking at the photos in the ad, we have no reason to disagree with that statement. The odometer shows 73,000 miles and the car’s condition appears to be pretty consistent with its age and mileage. (Just keep in mind that photos can’t take the place of an in-person inspection when buying a used car.)
With a car this rare, we’d like to see a bit more information in the classified listing. At the same time you have to respect the owner’s decision to keep some info to himself, especially with all the scams and fraud that are out there today. The owner does state that you can call him for more “details and insight” on the car. We encourage potential buyers to take the seller up on that offer.
So far in 2012, a quartet of 1953 Corvettes have sold at auction. Noland Adams’ Stamp Car and 1953 VIN 005 both sold for over $400,000 and 2 other restored cars sold in the $175k – $180k range. Based on those numbers, we think the $150,000 Buy-it-Now price is pretty fair as long as the condition and provenance on the car all check out and the new owner doesn’t have to throw a pile of money at the car. Like all 1953’s, this one should have plenty of suitors looking to take it home.
Get your bids in now as the listing closes on Jun 27th at 11:18:11 PDT.