Renowned Corvette Expert Noland Adams Passes Away at the Age of 84


Renowned Corvette Expert Noland Adams Passes Away at the Age of 84

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One of the Corvette world’s best known experts has died at age 84.

Noland Adams was a frequent contributor to many Corvette publications for many years and used his first-hand knowledge to write the “bibles” of Corvette restoration – Corvette Restoration & Technical Guide, Volume I, 1953-62, and Corvette Restoration & Technical Guide, Volume II, 1963-67.

He also wrote “Corvette, American Legend,” covering the original dream car prototype and 1953 production, and the follow-up series, “1954 and 1955 Production,” “1956 Production,” “1957 Racing and Production details,” and “1958 to 1960 Variations.”

Adams also hosted a series of restoration videotapes, wrote hundreds of articles about Corvettes, and gave countless presentations on Corvette restoration all over the United States, plus seminars in Canada, Sweden, and England.

Adams also was a consultant to the model car industry, serving as technical advisor on Monogram’s 1953 Corvette model car kit and Franklin Mint’s 1953 Corvette model. His personal 1953 Corvette was used to design the 1953 Corvette stamp offered by the US Postal Service in 2005.

He was known around the world for his knowledge of Corvette development heritage and technical understanding and was a longtime member of the National Corvette Restorers Society. He was a common sight at Corvette shows and functions year after year where he gladly shared his Corvette expertise and knowledge with Corvette enthusiasts everywhere.


Noland Adams (L) with Corvette Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov (R)

Adams was also the Founding President of the Solid Axle Corvette Club and over the years, had amassed an impressive collection of old Corvette documentation from Chevrolet.

After a lifetime devoted to America’s Sports Car, Adams was inducted into the National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame in 2003.

The Corvette world definitely owes Mr. Adams a debt of gratitude for his enthusiasm and willingness to share his knowledge about “our car.”

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 27th at the LDS Church, 1275 Green Valley Rd., El Dorado Hills, CA. Viewing at 11:00 am. Service will follow at 12:00 pm.

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  1. I recently bought a highly original 1964 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe. Of course I then had to get Nolan Adams book on the 1963-67 Corvettes which is considered the “Bible” of authentication. I was thrilled to find my Sting Ray 122152 references several times in his book, it was so reassuring to read that as Noland was “the guy”, when it came to details! Maybe God will have him authenticate some of the Corvettes in his collection, you know those VINs that are missing!

  2. I bought his Volume One Book back IN 76, when I was putting a 56 together. Just now finishing my 57.!~!~!~. He was the Man!

  3. Noland Adams was my uncle. I am grateful to all of you for acknowledging his passing, as his life, love and passion was the Corvette. From early childhood I remember Uncle Noland and his cars, his funny stories (for he was a very funny man) and his knowledge. His writing room where he amassed all his information for his books and articles was controlled chaos as he had car parts sitting on top of papers everywhere! He had a vast amount of information right at his fingertips, and all of that was because he had taken the time to track it all down himself over the years. I remember him coming by the house several times and saying, “Come outside and see what I’ve got!” And we would all pile out. There would be a brand new Corvette that the company loaned to him to drive to get his opinion…..with no brand markers on it at all since it had not really been released to the public. We would really get the stares from the public as we drove around our town, and every time we stopped people would ask…..”What is that?”
    Uncle Noland would answer “I’m sorry, I’m not allowed to say”.
    And then we would turn back to get back into the car and in big letters across the back of his jacket it read “CORVETTE”. He would wink at them and we would roar off. That is how I want to remember him.
    He was a wonderful man, and I will miss him very much.

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