Car Spotting: 1953 Corvette – The Very Beginning

As the auction companies pitched their tents in the desert for the Scottsdale Car Week, it is time again to gauge the 2018 collector car market. We saw some pretty amazing cars. One particular model caught our eye and made us wonder how long the classic car market will sustain, prior to a “wealth-shift” to generations that have little appreciation for machinery like this.

In 1953, Chevrolet introduced the Corvette. This Euro-styled sports car targeted an America on the upswing, enjoying the post-war boom. Who knew that the marque would still be turning heads well into the next century. This particular 1953 model was number 185 off the production line — of just 300. A lovely specimen, which is offered this week at RM Sotheby’s Auction at the Arizona Biltmore.

The estimate, which is the range predicted for the sale price, pegs this car at $275,000 to $350,000. Will it fetch that price? If so, it will be one of the most expensive Corvettes on the planet. But do consider the provenance. It is the 185th Corvette ever produced… there have been a few made since in the marque’s 65-year history.

Add to that, a nut and bolt restoration, which essentially makes it a brand new car — perhaps even better than when it originally rolled off the production line.  Either way, we found it stunning and surely the next owner will feel the same.

About the author

Tom Stahler

At eight months of age, Tom Stahler sat in a baby stroller in Thunder Valley and watched Chuck Parsons and Skip Scott win the 1968 Road America 500. He has had the car bug ever since. He has won several awards, including the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award and the International Motor Press Association's Gold Medal for his writing and photography. When not chasing the next story, Tom drives in vintage road racing events and spends time with his wife and three daughters in Orange County, California.
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