1953 CORVETTE ROADSTER
Polo white with sportsman red interior
Engine: Blue Flame six-cylinder, 235.5ci, 150bhp at 4,200rpm; Gearbox: two speed automatic; Suspension: front, unequal-length A-arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar, rear, live axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: front and rear drums. Left hand drive.
In January of 1953 at the first Motorama in New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Chevrolet unveiled their new Corvette. The car was sleek, with a rounded body, mesh stone guards over inset headlamps, a trendy wrapped windshield, and thrusting jet-pod taillamps. A soft top folded out of sight beneath a solid lift-up panel, while European-style side curtains replaced roll-up windows.
The Corvette with its fiberglass body, small size, and two seat configuration, revolutionized the sports car market in America. Not only did it provide an alternative to the European sports cars, it went one step further and offered a car that was better in many respects. The car was more comfortable, safer and more attractive. Power was provided by the Chevrolet Blue Flame six-cylinder - the only six-cylinder ever used in a Corvette.
The Corvette proved to be the most exciting car G.M. had ever offered. The 1953 models are significant in that they were the first of America's true post-war sports cars and a mere 300 were built in 1953 with approximately 200 known examples accounted for today.
The 1953 Corvette Roadster on offer here is perhaps one of the most impressive examples of this limited number. When Steve Van Duyn purchased this car from the former Nevada owner, he set out to rebuild the Corvette to its new, factory delivered 1953 condition. The car does indeed serve as a testament to this endeavor and is among the rarest of its kind. The car has never been driven or started and in fact has never had gas in the tank. Remarkably, this Corvette has also existed in complete anonymity and has never graced a competitive event or show. It would undoubtedly be a welcome addition to the highly selective Bloomington Gold Society.