The inaugural year of Corvette production saw a specialized team of workers assemble what would become the rarest vintage of America’s Sports Car out of a temporary assembly line in Flint, Michigan.
With a total of 300 cars, all dressed in Polo White with red interiors and black cloth tops, a national obsession was born. 1953 Corvettes become more scarce as time continues its unending march and only about two thirds of the first-year Corvettes are known to still be in circulation.
Parked next to a beautiful Roman Red 1962 Big-Brake Tanker in the C1 Section of Corvette Mike’s online inventory is 1953 Corvette number 124! The ’53 obsessed current owner has had 19 first-year ‘Vettes (almost 10% of the remaining cars have been owned by him at one point!) and he only buys complete examples to buy or restore so you can rest assured that #124 has its original frame, body, and VIN tag.
Once the owner obtained the car from the prior care taker who had spent seven unsuccessful years attempting to get it restored to original factory specs. Luckily, as one of the foremost experts on 1953s, he knew a guy who could do the job. His restorer is a veteran ’53 man out of Kentucky who has done four other examples and this one is listed as far better than new condition and museum-ready!
Some other things that followers of these cars will want to know are as follows. An imprecise history of the car goes back to 1975 but no paperwork is available to backup anything as fact. The 150 HP “Blue Flame” Straight 6 engine does have the correct Corvette “LAY” suffix and the 1953 Corvette-only cylinder head also features the correct #066.
This great piece of early Corvette history is listed on eBay for $255,000 but can be had on the Corvette Mike website for an even better $235,000. Act fast before the 1953 fanatic decides not to part with this extraordinary find!
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