This Corvette featured GM’s 235 cubic inch “Blue Flame” inline six-cylinder engine, which featured triple Carter carburetors and a dual exhaust that is tastefully routed through the rear bodywork at approximately the same height as the rear bumpers. The engine’s respectable 150 horsepower was transferred to the road through a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. All 300 Corvettes that were built in 1953 were visually identical; all being finished in Polo White with a Sportsman Red interior. The car was fitted with subtle pieces of chrome trim, which ran along either side, as well as distinctive wire mesh covering the headlights.
The car being offered is reported as the 214th Corvette produced. The car has been owned by the same individual since 1980 and received a restoration in the early 1990s. The Corvette received all of its correct factory finishes during the refurbishment and also has the proper bias-ply wide whitewall tires mounted on steel rims (in red) with the factory two-eared spinner hubcaps. The factory installed Wonderbar radio, a center-mounted tachometer and speedometer, side curtains and under dash heater.
This is a clean and lovely example of a rare car that every Corvette enthusiast would enthusiastically welcome into their collection. The car will be offered by Auctions America at its Fort Lauderdale Sale on Saturday, April 2, 2016. It is estimated to bring $180,000 – $220,000.