It’s always exciting to see a 1953 Corvette up for sale.
The latest of the first 300 Corvettes ever made will be up for sale at RM Auctions in Amelia Island, Fla., on March 14.
Only 26 more 1953 models were made after this one, which is the 274th Corvette ever made. Considering more than 1.5 million Corvettes have been made since then, it’s awe-inspiring to think about the historic importance of this particular car.
But No. 274 has much more going for it than just being a 1953 model.
The renowned Blue Flame Restoration of Pendleton, Ind., run by respected 1953 Corvette expert Brett Henderson, treated the car to an extensive body-off restoration. On his LinkedIn page, Henderson says his shop has restored ten 1953 Corvettes, earning NCRS Top Flight awards as well as Bloomington Gold’s Gold Certification on every car the shop has ever entered.
This Corvette has all the standard goodies, including, of course, the iconic white exterior over red tic springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, not to mention a Wonderbar radio, spinner wheel covers, a center-mounted tachometer and speedometer, and bullet air filters.
“It presents well and authentically throughout, with its iconic colors and high-quality finishes, which are appropriate to how this car left the factory,” RM Auctions says in its description. “The panel fit is notably good for one of these early cars, as is the concours-quality brightwork and the proper safety glass windshield.”
The new owner will also receive the original side curtains in the trunk, along with a CD offering full documentation of the restoration.
“This is a clean and lovely example of a car that every Corvette enthusiast needs in their collection,” RM says. “The 1950s were the beginning for America’s sports car, and it all began right here.”
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