1953 Corvette - Serial #147 History Profile

1953 Corvette - Serial #147 History Profile

Last Update as of 2017-12-20:
Vehicle Identification Number: E53F001147
Engine Stamping: NA
Casting Date: NA
Casting Number: NA
Current Owner: Mecum Auto Auctions
Current Location: Kissimmee, FL, USA
Current Mileage: 10,000 miles
Current Status: For Sale
  • 12-20-2017:  Up for auction by Mecum Auto Auctions in Kissimmee, FL:

    Lot F178 Kissimmee 2018 Jan 5-14


    $275,000 - $375,000


    • Bloomington Gold Certified in 2004 with a score of 7,775 out of 7,880 points
    • No. 147 of 300 produced
    • Featured at the 50th Anniversary of Corvette at Carlisle
    • Previously owned by Chip Miller, Al Wiseman and Jack Kershlis
    • Comprehensive restoration completed by Jack Kershlis
    • 235 CI Blue Flame Six engine
    • Automatic transmission
    • Polo White with Red interior
    • Black convertible top
    • Heater
    • AM radio
    • Seatbelts added by Kershlis
    • Climate controlled storage

    The dream child of legendary designer Harley Earl, this first-year 1953 Corvette is among the most-storied introductions in the history of American auto manufacturing. Desiring that his employer General Motors have a vehicle akin to some of Europe’s fabled sports cars, Earl and engineer Robert McLean spearheaded an effort that united off-the-shelf Chevrolet suspension components, a reconfigured frame design and a stylized fiberglass shell for the 1953 Motorama tour. By mid-year, public demand to own a Corvette was high enough to justify production, with a mere 300 examples of this car being hand-built before the end of that model year. This particular example was Bloomington Gold Certified in 2004, is noted as No. 147 of the 300 produced and was previously owned by renowned collectors Chip Miller, Al Wiseman and Jack Kershlis. It has been the subject of a comprehensive refreshing administered by Kershlis, and like all of the examples built that first year, power came from a 150 HP version of the company’s long-running 235 CI Blue Flame straight-6. Working with driveline developers, a trio of Carter carburetors, higher compression and updated cam timing were added, aiding its performance potential, and in keeping with the standard equipment theme, the Powerglide was pre-selected as the transmission in these cars. All 1953 Corvettes were hand-built in Flint, Michigan, that first year, and all were painted in Polo White and fitted with Red interior. Chief Engineer and future GM President Ed Cole is noted as having made sure that Corvette went from its conceptual origins to a true production model, and in 1955, Chevrolet would introduce its small-block V-8 in large part to repower this vehicle, setting the stage for decades of history. In 1953, the year that first handful of cars arrived, it was the risk by these men at GM (the world’s largest corporation at the time) that resulted in what is truly an American icon. Well worth your examination, this automobile’s heritage is undeniable, and the possession of one of these cars is of both honor and near-singularity.

  • 08-05-2017:  Privately Owned by William S. Howard of Phoenix, AZ with 10,000 miles on the odometer, at least one previous owner listed. From Mr. Howard via email:  "The car is fully restored. I will be potentially putting the car up for sale in the near future. Please let me know if you have any parties interested"
  • This is one of two 1953 Corvettes that are currently undergoing restoration by Carlisle Productions', Chip Miller and Al Wiseman of Classic Car Restoration and Service Center in Tarpon Springs, FL. It will be auctioned off at the August 2002 Corvettes at Carlisle in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Corvette. Chris and Jim Brand of CCRSC are doing the restoration.
  • 01-21-2004:  Privately owned by Jack Kershlis of Hadley, MA with unknown mileage on the odometer. Car is listed as under restoration. Owner information listed on page 7 of the NCRS publication, "The Corvette Restorer, vol. 30, number 3, Winter 2004."

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