1953 Chevrolet Corvette RoadsterSOLD

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

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To be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM’s The Don Davis Collection event, April 27, 2013. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmauctions.com/Don Davis.

Chassis No.
E53F001274

Estimate:
$200,000 - $300,000 US

OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

150 bhp, 235.5 cu. in. Blue Flame OHV inline six-cylinder engine, three 1-barrel Carter carburetors, Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102 in.


The original and iconic Corvette
The 274th of only 300 built
Restored by a Corvette expert and not yet shown

In the early-1950s, a team of GM engineers, headed up by Harley Earl, went to work trying to create a fiberglass-bodied car that had the appeal to compete with European sports cars. Harley Earl had excelled at swooping design since the 1920s and designed aircraft-looking features into the car, including round dials blended into a curved dash, all of which was sheltered under a roofline that stood just under 47 inches tall. The six-cylinder engine was positioned farther toward the rear, which gave the flat hood a long sleek appearance. By the time it was ready to be unveiled, it is reported that GM had spent over $1.5 million on the project..

Reference Number 213992

as of 4/28/2013

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Car 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
VIN E53F001274 
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