Noland Adams is the man to know when it comes to Corvettes. Considered one of the foremost authorities when it comes to the model, he has been a Corvette owner, restorer, author and historian for over 40 years. He is also the owner of the United States Postal Service “Stamp Car” whose likeness was featured on the stamp released in 2005 to commemorate Corvette’s 50th anniversary. However, after 56 years of owning the car, Adams will be selling it at the annual Russo and Steele Scottsdale Auction in January, giving you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own the famed ‘53 Stamp Car Corvette.
Purchased in 1955 by Adams, the ‘53 Corvette was treated to a ten-year frame-off restoration completed in 1999. With 2,667 hours of work put into it by Adams, his friend Don Mulenhoff and a number of leading Corvette experts, the Corvette went on to earn a Bloomington Gold Award, National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) Top Flight and Performance Verification awards and even the NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence Award with a score of 99.8 percent.
In 2001, Mid America Motorworks started a movement called the “Corvette Stampede” to get the United States Postal Service to create a Corvette Stamp. With 100,000 signatures on a petition, Mid America Motorworks succeeded and the Corvette stamp concept was one of just 20 stamp ideas approved that year out of 50,000 submitted.
Being one of the top experts for the Corvette model, Adams was asked to be a technical consultant in 2003 for the Corvette stamp that would feature a ’53 model. Using his own car as a guide, Adams reviewed preliminary drawings for the stamp, making suggestions and even taking extra photos of his car in order to get the stamp image just right. To complete the image, Adams found a paint sample that matched the white paint on his car for the stamp car color. In 2005, the United States Postal Service released the Corvette stamp and Adams was at Mid America Motorworks and the 2005 Michigan State Fair to unveil it with his ‘53 Corvette.
Starting on January 18th at the Russo and Steele Scottsdale, Arizona Auction, Adams will make his last appearance with his Stamp Car Corvette, which will cross the auction block at the event. As a historic piece of automotive history owned by the utmost expert for the Corvette model, we look forward to tuning into the auction and seeing the Corvette, that made its way into so many people’s homes across the country, change hands for the first time in 56 years.