One of the 200 1953 Corvette Commemorative Editions produced by a former General Motors designer’s company is currently being offered on eBay.
The starting bid for #88 is $59,950, and the auction is slated to end next Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 7:06 p.m.
These cars actually combine the modern technology of a 2003 50th Anniversary Edition Corvette with the body of a 1953 mounted on a new C5 frame.
GM wanted to celebrate the golden anniversary of the Corvette in grand fashion, and an engineer actually designed a 1953 body replica on a new C5 frame. Unfortunately, the company ran out of time to build the car, but veteran designer Steve Pasteiner left GM after 22 years there to form his own company, Advanced Automotive Technologies, which wound up building 200 of these 1953/2003 Commemorative Editions.
According to the eBay listing, the CE Corvette “blends the classic ’50s-era styling of the 1953 Corvette with the performance, comfort, and technology of C5 convertibles and fixed-roof coupes, using meticulously engineered and crafted replacement body panels.”
This car started life in Bowling Green as a 50th Anniversary Edition C5 Corvette convertible (said to be one of the few with the 50th Anniversary Edition C5 as its frame) and was then shipped directly to AAT, which removed the frame and installed a 1953 replica body. Originally white with red interior, the car was later changed to black with oak interior.
Features include the F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension that was standard on the 1SC-equipped Anniversary Edition vehicles from GM, along with special “Warm Nickel Metallic” painted aluminum wheels, embroidered upholstery trim, Anniversary Edition badging, and convenience options like the head-up display. In November 2020, the owner added a Pioneer stereo system with a 6.2—inch display screen with Apple CarPlay.
“They rarely come up for sale,” the seller notes, “and most are owned by their original owners. Jay Leno owns one!”
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