Chevrolet introduced the Corvette in 1953 as "America's sports car,” and the first one reached the end of the assembly line on June 30, 1953. This was the first mass-produced fiberglass-bodied car, and all of the 300 cars built were assembled by hand in the back of a customer delivery garage in Flint, MI. All of the 1953 Corvettes were identical, with convertible bodies in Polo White with a Sportsman Red interior and a black canvas top.
The engine was the Blue Flame straight-6 cylinder producing 150hp, with triple Carter carburetors and 2-speed automatic transmission. With total production of only 300 cars, the 1953 is the lowest production of any year corvette. This example is a late-production car, #290 of 300 produced, and it retains its original hand-laid fiberglass.
The engine has the correct codes and dates, and the car comes complete with the original side curtains and spare tire. The car has been part of a private collection in Southern California since 2008. Recent work in 2018 included new brake cylinders on all four wheels, a new battery, a valve job, carburetors rebuilt and new Al Knoch seat covers.