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1953 Corvette

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Body Specs

Wheelbase:    102 inches
Front Track:    57 inches
Rear Track:    59.00 inches
Length:    167.00 inches
Width:    72.24 inches
Height (at Roof):    52.16 inches (Unloaded)
  51.25 inches (Loaded)
Turning Circle:    Wall to Wall
  38.58 feet (right);
  38.99 feet (left)
  Curb to Curb
  36.55 feet (right);
  36.93 feet (left)
Steering ratio:    16.0:1
Steering Wheel Diameter:    17 ¼ inches
Shipping Weight:
  (fuel and water not included)
   2,705 lbs.
  (Radio / HeaterNot Included)
Shipping Weight:
  (fuel, gas, radio, heater
  and water not included)
   2,705 lbs.
Axle Ratio:    3.55:1
Tire Size:    6.70-15 4 Ply Rating


Engine Specs

Type:    Inline Six Cylinder
Valve Location:    In Head
Bore / Stroke:    3 9/16 inch / 3 15/16 inch
Displacement:    235.5 Cubic Inches
Compression Ratio:    8.0 : 1
Horsepower:    150 @ 4,200 RPM
Max. Torque:    223 lb. ft. @ 2,400 RPM
Crankcase Oil Capacity (less filter):    4 Quarts
Recommended Oil Grade:    Above 32°: SAE 20W
To 10°: SAE 20W
  To -10°: SAE 10W
  Below -10°: SAE 5W
Fuel Tank:    17.25 Gallons
Carburetor:    Three side draft carburetors
  Carter 3706989
Cooling System Capacity:    18 ¼ Quarts - With Heater
  17 ¾ Quarts - Without Heater
Ignition System
Coil:    Delco-Remy 1115394
Coil current rating:    4 amps
Breaker Gap:    .016 - .021"
Spark Plug:    AC 45-5 or 43-5
Firing Order:    1-5-3-6-2-4
Centrifugal Advance:    Start: 224 - 375 RPM
  12° - 14°
  @ 1,750 RPM
Vacuum Advance:    Start: 4.0 - 6.0 inches Hg
  Max.: 13° - 17°
  @ 10.0 - 7.5 inches Hg
Breaker Gap:    .013 inch - .018 inch
Initial Timing:    2° ATC
Rear Axle Ratio:    3.55:1
Wheel Size:    15 x 5K

1953 Corvette Options

RPO Description Production    Price
101A Heater 300 (100.00%) $91.40
102B AM Radio, signal seeking 300 (100.00%) $145.16

Total Production: 300
Convertible: 300 (100.00%)

Notes: Base Corvette with six cylinder engine: $3,498.00.

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top Wheels
Polo White 300 (100.00%) Red Black Red

Notes: All 1953 Corvettes were polo white with red interior.

1953 Corvette

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