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1953 Corvette - Serial #091 History Profile




1953 Corvette - Serial #091 History Profile

Last Update as of 2017-12-20:
Vehicle Identification Number: E53F001091
Engine Stamping: NA
Casting Date: NA
Casting Number: NA
Current Owner: Mecum Auto Auctions
Current Location: Kissimmee, FL, USA
Current Mileage: 59,396 miles
Current Status: For Sale
Notes:

12-20-2017:  Up for auction at the Mecum Auto Auctions in Kissimmee, FL:

Lot S221 Kissimmee 2018 Jan 5-14

Estimate

$250,000 - $275,000

Highlights

  • Formerly owned by Sam Folz, NCRS Member #13, 1 of the 7 founding fathers of the NCRS
  • Sam Folz served as the first NCRS Technical Chairman, NCRS President, the first 1953-1955 Judging Team Leader, authored many articles for the NCRS magazine and today the Sam Folz Memorial Award is presented at National Conventions to the car driven the greatest distance that also earned Top Flight
  • Sold new at C.W. Krum and Son in Schoolcraft, MI on December 21, 1953
  • First Place in Show at the Corvette Corral Concours in Elkhart Lake, WI in 1963
  • First Place 6-cylinder Corvette at the 4th Central Meet of the VCCA in Flint, MI in 1967
  • Featured in Corvette News in 1970 chronicling the 73 known 1953 Corvettes
  • Earned First Place in Senior Class at the first NCRS Meet in Wapakoneta, Ohio in 1974
  • Featured in a 1983 Chevy promotional film
  • Featured in the Corvette Restorer in 1983
  • No. 91 of 300 built, 59,400 original miles
  • Copy of the original dealer invoice
  • Original 235 CI Blue Flame Six engine
  • The engine number LAY 341018 matches the copy of the original dealer invoice
  • Triple Carter YH side-draft carburetors
  • Powerglide automatic transmission
  • Side curtains included
  • Polo White with Red interior and Black soft top
  • Signal seeking AM radio
  • Extensive restoration completed in 1997, restoration photos included
  • Driven fewer than 10 miles since the restoration
  • Walter P. Chrysler Award of Excellence at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Concours d'Elegance in Dayton, Ohio in 1999

A part of the Mercurio Collection in Beaver Creek, Ohio, for many years, this 1953 Chevrolet Corvette is well known in the Corvette community as once having been owned by Sam Folz of Kalamazoo, Michigan, one of the seven founding fathers of the National Corvette Restorers Society. Mr. Folz served as the first NCRS Technical Chairman (now known as the National Judging Chairman), NCRS President and the first 1953-55 Corvette Judging Team Leader, and he also authored a vast number of technical articles for the NCRS’ “Corvette Restorer” magazine. Today, the Sam Folz Memorial Award is presented at National NCRS Conventions to the owner of a car driven the greatest distance to attend and successfully earn a Top Flight Award.

In his book “Corvette!—The Sensuous American, Volume 1, Number 2, 1976 (Blue Flame),” author Michael Antonick recounted the car’s early history: “In the late summer of 1953, the owner of a vendor company supplying parts to Chevrolet asked his friend and General Manager of Chevrolet, Thomas Keating, if it would be possible to purchase one of Chevy's cute Corvettes as a Christmas gift for his wife. Keating made arrangements to release a Corvette to a small franchise in Schoolcraft, Michigan, near the vendor's home. That in itself created a furor among larger dealers who were begging for a Corvette. Remember, 1953 saw the production of only 300 Corvettes. 300 didn't divide very nicely into 7,000 dealers.” The dealer was C.W. Krum and Son, who delivered the new Corvette to Lola Houlenberg in Birmingham, Michigan, on December 21, 1953.

During the more than 20 years in Mr. Folz’ ownership, this Corvette, the 91st Corvette built, earned a plethora of awards that included: First Place in Show and Class at the Corvette Corral Concours in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, in 1963; First Place, 6-cylinder Corvettes at the Fourth Central Meet of the Vintage Corvette Club of American in Flint, Michigan, in 1967; and First Place in the Senior Class at the first NCRS Meet in Wapakoneta, Ohio, in 1974. In 1983, it was featured in a Chevrolet-produced promotional film released in conjunction with the debut of the new C4 Corvette to celebrate 30 years of Corvette.

There was only one color scheme available to Corvette buyers in 1953, as seen in this car’s Polo White paint, red interior and black soft top. The first Corvette’s horizontal front grille—filled with chromed vertical “teeth”—chromed “egg-crate” headlight covers and spacecraft-inspired bullet tail lights are iconic signature features. Bias-ply wide whitewall tires were mounted on red painted steel wheels capped with full-size spinner wheel covers, and while listed as options, a signal-seeking AM radio and heater were included in every Corvette.

Corvette No. 91 underwent a comprehensive restoration in 1997, subsequently earning the Walter P. Chrysler Award of Excellence at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Concours d’Elegance in Dayton, Ohio, in 1999. The odometer reveals 59,400 original miles, the last 10 of which were added in the intervening 20 years. It retains its original first-design 235 CI Blue Flame Six engine with triple Carter YH side-draft carburetors and separate bullet-style chromed air cleaners. Offered with the accompanying side curtains, this historically important 1953 Corvette’s documentation includes the aforementioned copy of the original dealer invoice and a photographic record of its restoration.


10-03-2017:  Up for auction at Mecum Auto Auctions in Chicago, IL with 59,396 miles on the odometer and two previous owners listed.

02-08-2003:  A previous owner was Samuel Folz, an NCRS founder. Mr. Folz once reported that his '53 Corvette had taken first place in Class and Show at the Corvette Corral Concours at Elkhart Lake in 1963 and first among six cylinder Corvettes at the Fourth Central Meet of the Vintage Corvette Club of America at Flint in 1967. Listed on "The 1953 Corvette Honor Roll", a 1969 "Corvette News" survey (Samuel Folz). Info on the original Owner: "In the late summer of 1953, the owner of a vendor company supplying parts to Chevrolet asked his friend and General Manager of Chevrolet, Thomas Keating, if it would be possible to purchase one of Chevy's cute Corvettes as a Christmas gift for his wife. Keating made arrangements to release a Corvette to a small dealer in Schollcraft, Michigan, near the vendor's home. That in itself created a furor among larger dealers who were begging for a Corvette. Remember, 1953 saw the production of only 300 Corvettes. 300 didn't divid every nicely into 7000 dealers." (Corvette - Blue Flame - The Sensuous American, Volume 1. Number 2. 1976. Publisher and President - Michael B. Antonick)

  • No. 91 of 300 produced in 1953
  • Sold new at C.W. Krum and Son in Schoolcraft, Michigan
  • Featured on the cover of The Corvette Restorer Magazine Volume 10, No. 1 Summer 1983
  • Restoration completed in 1997
  • Less than 50 miles since completion
  • Award of Excellence at Concours d'Elegance Dayton, Ohio
  • Copy of original invoice

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