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Back in 1953...
The Corvette appears in the GM Motorama show just as Americans' desire for 3D movies and a real American made sports car grows.  As the Korean War comes to an end, response by the public to the new Corvette at the Motorama show is so positive, that GM decides to put the car into production.  Only 300 1953 models were hand built at the Flint, Michigan assembly plant.
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Carlisle 2003: 53 - 1953 Corvettes gathered at the 2003 Corvettes at Carlisle event to help celebrate the Corvette's 50th Anniversary. Here is a listing of the owners who attended and some photos of this monumental occasion.
Gallery: An online gallery of high quality 1953 Corvette pictures.
History - #003: A historical look at the World's Oldest Corvette - 1953 Corvette #003 as seen in auction listings between 2005 and 2006.
History - #005: A historical look at the 1953 Corvette #005 as seen in RM Auction listing for January 19 - 20, 2012.
History - #039: A historical look at 1953 Corvette #039.
History - #072: A historical look at 1953 Corvette #072 as seen in an EBAY Auction listing in Nov. of 2006.
History - #083 - Russo and Steele - 2013: A historical look at 1953 Corvette #083 as seen in a Russo and Steele auction listing for June 20 - 22, 2013.
History - #083: A historical look at 1953 Corvette #083 as seen in an EBAY Auction listing in Mar. of 2007.
History - #103: A historical look at 1953 Corvette #103 as seen in an EBAY Auction listing in Feb. of 2007.
History - #112: A historical look at 1953 Corvette #112 as seen in an Mecum Auction listing in Jan. of 2008.
History - #135: A historical look at 1953 Corvette #135 as seen in an EBAY Auction listing in 2003.
History - #148: A historical look at 1953 Corvette #148 as seen in an EBAY Auction listing in 2006.
History - #149: A historical look at 1953 Corvette #149 as seen in an Russo and Steele Auction listing in 2014.
History - #157: McMullen's 1953 Corvette sells for $400,000 at auction.
History - #158: When Old Corvette's Die, Do They Go to Heaven: An in-depth look at the restoration of #158.
History - #205: A historical look at 1953 Corvette #205 as seen in a Pro-Team for sale listing in 2003.
History - #211: This Daytona Beach NASCAR 1953 Corvette Convertible, VIN #E53F001211, Chevrolet Engineering #3950, Race #27 is one of two, a 1953 and a 1955, that were reclaimed from the depths of Chevrolet Engineering to be equipped with dual four high output 1956 engines, 3 speed close ratio transmissions, heavy duty stock car racing rear end assemblies (3.27 gear ratio), plastic tonneau covers, small racing windshields and relocated gages per Mauri Rose.
History - #220: Worldwide Auctioneers - The Houston Classic Auction - April 2015 listing for 1953 Corvette #220 out of 300 built.
History - #244: A historical look at 1953 Corvette #244 as seen in an EBAY Auction listing in 2006.
History - #274: A historical look at 1953 Corvette #274 as seen in an RM Auctions listing in 2015.
Identification: VIN information and other identifying characteristics of the 1953 Corvette.
Identification / Serial Numbers: 1953 - 1962: A quick summary of 1953 - 1962 Corvette serial and production numbers.
Knowledgebase: A collection of service bulletins and related technical information on 1953 to 1962 Corvettes.
LOF Glass Date Codes: LOF Glass Date Codes for the 1953 - 1982 Corvettes.
Powertrains: A quick summary of Corvette powertrains from 1953 to 1962.
Production & Performance Numbers: Performance and production information for the 1953 Corvette.
Production: 1953 - 1962: This graph depicts Corvette production of the first generation from 1953 to 1962.
Quiz - 1953 Body Repair: This particular quiz was issued by Chevrolet to insure that their dealer network was prepared to handle fiberglass body repair in anticipation of increasing 1954 Corvette sales.
Registry: An online 1953 Corvette Registry. Our goal here is to document online how many 1953 Corvettes still exist, where they are presently located and to put the owners of 1953 Corvettes in touch with one another.
Sales Brochure: 1953 Corvette Sales Brochure: The American Sports Car of the Future! - PDF Format
Sales Brochure: 1953 Corvette Sales Brochure: Just For Fun! - PDF Format
Specifications: General specifications for the 1953 Corvette.
Specifications: Radiators: 1953 - 1962: A quick summary of Corvette radiator specifications from 1953 to 1962.
Technical Article: 1953 - 1954 Corvettes: Summary Report on Changes to Achieve Improvement in Corvette Handling and Ride.: This is a Chevrolet Inter-Organizational Letter dated March 29th, 1954 by Zora Arkus-Duntov addressing Maurice Olley's concerns about the Corvette's ride and handling peculiarities. The Corvette test car #856 mentioned in Zora's letter was the second car built under the Project Open Work Order #19000 which was in between the two 1953 Corvettes that were specifically built for the GM Motorama.
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