- 04-15-2018: Up for auction in Arlington, TX by Worldwide Auctioneers with unknown mileage on the odometer and an unknown number of previous owners listed. From the listing: "Offered here is Corvette number 209 from the mere 300 that were built for the inaugural year of 1953. This Corvette has just emerged from a full, complete, and total restoration by noted Corvette specialist Irvin Patrick in Paintsville, Kentucky. Nothing was overlooked in returning this historic car to factory-new condition and it looks today just as did when it left the factory. The timeless elegance of the first-year Corvette is nicely outlined in this example, which features flawless body work and excellent panel fitment throughout. The restoration of Corvette number 209 was recently commissioned, with great care taken to ensure correctness. During the process, it was taken down to the frame and all colors, inspection markings, and assembly methods were accurately replicated. Power for this Corvette comes from Chevrolet's "Blue Flame" six-cylinder engine mated to a Powerglide automatic transmission. The engine was completely rebuilt, and all correct paint colors, wiring, hoses and clamps, and fasteners were utilized. All first-year Corvettes were built with a striking Sportsman Red interior that made great use of contrasting colors with the steering wheel, instrument panel, and accents all finished in white, while the upholstery, carpets, and door panels are red. All 1953 Corvettes used a black canvas convertible top and the one on this example is simply excellent, with proper fitting and correct stitching. The interior was correctly restored, and weather gear includes a set of proper side curtains, expertly restored by Steve Newsome of Houston, who is well-known among classic Corvette aficionados as a Master Judge with the NCRS. Other desirable features include Chevrolet's 'Wonderbar' signal-seeking AM radio, plus tools, roadside jack, and jack bar."