The National Corvette Museum has a new exhibit that’s definately worth seeing!
Now on display in the NCM Skydome is the 1953 Corvette cutaway car that features the 1953 chassis number 003. Owned by Ed Foss and created by Corvette Repair’s Kevin Mackay, the cutaway display was created to educate enthusiasts about the early Corvette’s engineering and design.
It’s also worth noting that the car is completely drivable and that everything works!
The number 003 chassis was separated from its body in the summer of 1953, most likely after the car was used by Chevy Engineering on the grueling Belgian blocks as well as spending five hours at -20 degrees during a shake test at Harrison Radiator.
It would be discovered again in 1977 on a 1955 Corvette with the correct 1953 serial numbers E53F001003 in two places. The frame was restored as a display piece and was officially shown for the first time at the Cypress Garden’s NCRS Winter Regional in 1982.
Here is NCM curator Derek E. Moore introducing the 1953 Corvette cutaway #003:
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