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The 1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 White Corvette Convertible

1953 was the first year the Corvette was produced, it is the original "Classic Corvette". It debuted at the 1953 GM Motorama at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. It was outfitted with a 6 cylinder "Blue-Flame" engine that produced 150 hp mated to a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. All 300 Corvettes that were produced in 1953 came with the same options and they were all painted "Polo White" with a red interior. Also included on all 1953's were whitewall tires and two-spinner hub caps. They also did not have outside door handles. To get in the car you must reach inside to open the door.

301 1953 Corvettes were built in Flint, Michigan at a temporary facility in the rear of Chevrolet's customer delivery garage on Van Slyke Ave. The first production 1953 Corvette was built on June 30, 1953. Because of the short production run the 1953 model it is the rarest of all Corvettes. After the first 301 were assembled, production moved to the new St. Loius factory.

Zora Arus-Duntov joined Chevrolet this year, he would eventually become the Chief Engineer for Corvette.

Production Options and Build Statistics

Total 1953 Corvettes Built - 315 - All Convertibles

Serial Numbers: E53001001 - E53F001300

Production Options (Although none were optional)

RPO Description Cost Production
2934 Base Corvette Convertible $3,498.00 300
101A Heater $91.40 300
101B AM Radio $145.15 300

Color Options (Only Polo White)

RPO Exterior Soft Top Wheels Interior Production
N/A Polo White Black Red Red 300

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Specifications

Mechanical Dimensions

Feature Physical Dimensions
Wheelbase 102.0 in
Track Frt/Rear (in) 57.0/59.0
Length 167.0 in
Width 72.2 in
Height 52.1 in
Frontal Area N/A
Ground Clearance N/A
Curb Weight 2850 lbs
Weight Dist. F/R (Engine) 53/47
Fuel Capacity N/A
Coolant Capacity N/A

Engine Specifications

Feature Standard Engine
Bore 3 9/16 in
Stroke 3 15/16 in
Displacement 235.5 ci
Compression Ratio 8.0:1
Cylinders 6 (inline)
Block Cast Iron
Horsepower 150 bhp @ 4200 rpm
Torque 223 lb-ft @ 2400 rpm
Redline N/A
Carburetion 3x1 bbl
Oil Capacity N/A
Valvetrain N/A
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