Rare Corvette Goes to Auction: No. 98 1953 C1 Corvette

Introduction: A Legendary Moment at Carlisle

Serial #1 of the 1953 Corvette marked the start of a legacy, leading to over seven decades of innovation and excellence in American sports cars. This model laid the groundwork for what would become a legendary lineage of performance vehicles.
Serial #1 of the 1953 Corvette marked the start of a legacy, leading to over seven decades of innovation and excellence in American sports cars. This model laid the groundwork for what would become a legendary lineage of performance vehicles.

In a monumental moment for classic car enthusiasts and collectors alike, the upcoming Spring Carlisle Collector Car Auction, hosted by Carlisle Auctions, is set to feature an exceptionally rare piece of automotive history — the #98 1953 C1 Corvette for sale. This auction not only marks a significant event in the world of vintage automobiles but also celebrates the enduring legacy of the Corvette, which began its journey as America’s iconic sports car 70 years ago.

All 1953 Corvettes were painted Polo White with a Sportsman Red interior, a striking combination that emphasized the car's elegant lines and sporty demeanor, truly a visual testament to the era's aesthetic.
All 1953 Corvettes were painted Polo White with a Sportsman Red interior, a striking combination that emphasized the car’s elegant lines and sporty demeanor, truly a visual testament to the era’s aesthetic.
The 1953 Corvette, unveiled at the GM Motorama as a concept show car, captured the public's imagination with its sleek design and fiberglass body, marking the birth of America's first sports car.
The 1953 Corvette, unveiled at the GM Motorama as a concept show car, captured the public’s imagination with its sleek design and fiberglass body, marking the birth of America’s first sports car.
With only 300 units produced, the 1953 Corvette emerged as an exclusive symbol of luxury and performance. Each vehicle was hand-built in Flint, Michigan, making every one a unique piece of automotive history.
With only 300 units produced, the 1953 Corvette emerged as an exclusive symbol of luxury and performance. Each vehicle was hand-built in Flint, Michigan, making every one a unique piece of automotive history.
Featuring a revolutionary fiberglass body, the 1953 Corvette set a new standard for automotive design and engineering, showcasing durability and style in a post-war America eager for innovation.
Featuring a revolutionary fiberglass body, the 1953 Corvette set a new standard for automotive design and engineering, showcasing durability and style in a post-war America eager for innovation.

The Legacy of Carlisle Events and the Corvette

Founded 50 years ago in 1974, Carlisle Events, the parent entity of Carlisle Auctions, has become a cornerstone in the automotive event space. Yet, it’s the Corvette, introduced 21 years before Carlisle’s inception, that truly revolutionized the American automotive landscape. With its debut in 1953, the Corvette introduced drivers to the allure of the solid-axle C1 model, setting a new standard for performance and style that captivated the nation. Of the initial 300 Corvettes produced that year, fewer than half remain in a condition that collectors desire, making each available model a prized possession.

Spotlight on Serial #98

The crown jewel of this year’s Spring Carlisle Collector Car Auction is serial #98, a symbol of the Corvette’s timeless appeal and historical significance. Following the successful auction of serial #100 last year, which commanded an impressive $324,000, expectations are soaring for #98. This model features a comprehensive frame-off restoration, flaunting a pristine classic 1953 white exterior alongside a vibrant red interior. Its authenticity is guaranteed by the original VIN tag, body, frame, and a numbers-matching blue flame six-cylinder engine. The meticulous restoration is evident in the car’s show-quality chrome, original and restored gauges, and the radio, showcasing the no-expense-spared philosophy behind its rejuvenation.

Highlights of #98 C1 Corvette for Sale

  • COMPREHENSIVE FRAME OFF RESTORED WHITE W/RED INTERIOR 1953 CORVETTE CAR #98 OFF THE ASSEMBLY LINE.
  • THIS CAR RETAINS ITS ORIGINAL VIN TAG, BODY AND FRAME!
  • THE ENGINE IS A CORRECT #’S MATCHING BLUE FLAME 6-CYLINDER ENGINE.
  • THE BODY AND PAINT ON THIS CAR IS EXCEPTIONAL, AND THIS IS THE ORIGINAL BODY FOR THIS CAR.
  • THE TRUNK LID IS ORIGINAL W/FACTORY ANTENNA BUILT RIGHT INTO THE TRUNK FROM THE FACTORY.
  • THE CHROME ON THIS CAR IS SHOW QUALITY.
  • ALL THE STAINLESS BRIGHT WORK IS EXCEPTIONAL DOWN TO THE WINDSHIELD WIPERS.
  • THE INTERIOR IS ABSOLUTELY BRAND NEW AND PROFESSIONALLY INSTALLED W/NO TIME AND EXPENSE SPARED.
  • ALL THE GAUGES ARE ORIGINAL AND RESTORED INCLUDING THE RADIO.
  • THIS CAR IS OPTIONED W/A PARKING BRAKE ALARM.
  • THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT IS DONE TO THE HIGHEST DEGREE OF QUALITY WORKMANSHIP AND TO FACTORY SPEC.
  • THE CARBURETORS ARE CORRECT # MATCHING CARTER CARBURETORS.
  • EVERY DETAIL HAS BEEN ADDRESSED.

How to Participate in the Auction

Prospective buyers will have the opportunity to bid on this exquisite 1953 Corvette in person, by phone, or online, with the auction also being streamed live for enthusiasts worldwide. Scheduled for Friday afternoon, April 19, during the Spring Carlisle Collector Car Auction, this vehicle promises to be a highlight of the event.

The Spring Carlisle Experience

The auction is part of the broader Spring Carlisle event, a five-day automotive festival running from April 17-21 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. This event, drawing nearly 100,000 guests globally, features an automotive flea market and car corral, offering something for every automotive enthusiast.

A Rare Opportunity Awaits

For those interested in witnessing automotive history in the making or for more details on the 1953 Corvette going to auction and Spring Carlisle, visit CarlisleEvents.com or CarlisleAuctions.com. This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of the Corvette legacy, right where it all happens, in Carlisle.

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