The Rare 1953 Corvette: Specs, Colors, Production Stats and More!

Discover the rarest year of the iconic American sports car: the 1953 Corvette. Learn about its history, specs, production statistics, and more. Only 225 still exist today.

In 1953, only 300 Corvettes were produced – two of which were destroyed as engineering test cars – making it the rarest model year of the iconic American sports car. Estimates suggest that approximately 225 of these classic Corvettes still exist, and we can examine the specs, colors, facts, production statistics, and history.

This radically different sports car was made of an all-fiberglass body. Produced was in a temporary GM facility. The entire 1953 production took place in Flint, Michigan, in the back of a customer delivery garage.

The C1 Corvette Model years ran from 1953 through 1962.   It was assembled in Flint, Michigan, in 1953, and in early 1954 when it was moved to St Louis, Missouri.

For those who like color choices, this 1st generation Corvette (C1) was only available in white with a red interior, and they were all powered by the 150 hp Blue Flame Six engine backed up by a Powerglide transmission, performance was less than startling.

1953 Corvette Specs, Colors, Facts, Production Statistics

There were only two options for the 53 Corvette.

The base Corvette Roadster CODE #2934 retailed at $3,498.00.

  1. You could also order Option #101A… a heater for $91.40.
  2. The AM Radio signal seeking was option 102A for another $145.15.

All three hundred 1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1s had all the options.

  • The 1953 Vehicle numbers were: E53F001001 through E53F001300
  • Prefix: 1953 Engine code LAY
  • Head: 3836066   235 Cubic Inches   150 H.P
  • Length 167.3 in (4,250 mm)
  • Width 69.8 in (1,770 mm)
  • Height 51.5 in (1,310 mm)
  • Curb weight 2,886 lb (1,309 kg)

1953 C1 Corvette Photos

The EX122 Motorama Experimental Prototype Corvette, owned by Kerbeck Corvette, is known to be the oldest Corvette in the World.    It was first shown to the public at the 1953 General Motors Motorama at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on January 17, 1953.  It was six months before the first 1953 drove off the assembly line on June 30, 1953.

1953 EX-122 Corvette is on display at the 2010 Bloomington Gold held at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois. It was inducted into the Great Hall.
1953 EX-122 Corvette is on display at the 2010 Bloomington Gold held at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois. It was inducted into the Great Hall.
Kevin Brady's 1953 Corvette at the Corvette Chevy Expo. Photo Credits Bob Wright
Kevin Brady’s 1953 Corvette at the Corvette Chevy Expo. Photo Credits Bob Wright
Kevin Brady's 1953 Corvette at the Corvette Chevy Expo. Photo Credits Bob Wright
Kevin Brady’s 1953 Corvette at the Corvette Chevy Expo. Photo Credits Bob Wright
Kevin Brady's 53 Corvette at the Corvette Chevy Expo. Photo Credits Bob Wright
Kevin Brady’s 53 Corvette at the Corvette Chevy Expo. Photo Credits Bob Wright

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