Corvette: Year By Year

    

About The Corvette

    

Corvette Specs

    

1953 Corvette

  

1953 Corvette Part Three

1953 Corvette Dashboard

1953 Corvette Dashboard

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The 1953 thru 1957 Corvettes featured full instrumentation, which included oil pressure, battery, water temperature, fuel and tachometer. The bad news was that they were centrally located. The joke of the day was that the passenger had a better view of the tachometer.
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Rear Bumper

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Rear Bumper

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Bumpers, both front and rear, were purely decorative and offered no protection.
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Press Photo

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Press Photo

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Despite what these official press photos may imply, hardtops were not an option supplied by Chevrolet. Aftermarket sources did supply them and in some cases they were sold by Chevrolet dealers.
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Press Photo

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Press Photo

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The 1953 Corvette body in pieces

The 1953 Corvette body in pieces

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The fiberglass body was very labor intensive which explains the high purchase price.

1953 Corvette C1 Body Parts

1953 Corvette C1 Body Parts

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1953 Corvette C1 Rear Taillight

1953 Corvette C1 Rear Taillight

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The tail light fin areas were particularly difficult to work with.


1953 Chevrolet Corvette Production

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Production

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The 1953 Corvette production line, with not a robot in sight.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Production

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Production

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1953 Chevrolet Corvette Production

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Production

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1953 Chevrolet Corvette Production

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Production

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1953 Chevrolet Corvette Production

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Production

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1953 Chevrolet Corvette Production

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Production

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1953 Chevrolet Corvette Production

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Production

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Last 1953 Corvette

Last 1953 Corvette

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Above and below: The last 1953 Corvette on display at Pebble Beach Concours, 2008.

Last 1953 Corvette, Front View

Last 1953 Corvette, Front View

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Last 1953 Corvette, 2008 Pebble Beach Concours Tour

Last 1953 Corvette, 2008 Pebble Beach Concours Tour

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On the Pebble Beach tour, 2008.

1953 Corvette C1 Last 1953 Corvette at Mecum Auction

1953 Corvette C1 Last 1953 Corvette at Mecum Auction

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Last 1953 Corvette at Mecum auction, August 2019, Monterey CA. It was bid to $320,000 but did not sell. It had previously been to the Barrett-Jackson auction, January 2016, and sold for $533,500.

1953 Corvette C1 Last 1953 Corvette at Mecum Auction

1953 Corvette C1 Last 1953 Corvette at Mecum Auction

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1953 Corvette, Part One
1953 Corvette, Part Two

1953 thru 1955 Photos

1954 Corvette


1953 Corvette Options