This immaculately restored 1953 Corvette roadster which proudly bears the VIN #005, was one of the first three Corvettes ever sold, and one of just 300 that were produced during the Corvette’s first model year. And now, nearly 60 years after it rolled out of Diver Chevrolet in Delaware for the first time, it will be sold again by RM Auctions at their event in Arizona on January 20th.
According to the story originally reported by Corvette Blogger, this ’53 Vette features several early production features that are extremely rare to find on a Corvette. For example, this particular car was sent off the assembly line with chrome Bel Air hubcaps since the special Corvette-specific hubcaps weren’t available yet when the car was finished. This car is also believed to be the very last ’53 Corvette that was shipped out without a door mounted rear-view mirror. The roadster has a very well documented history, including its original sales invoice and paperwork from the first time it was traded in.
The roadster was fully restored to its original condition in 2003 just in time for the Corvette’s 50th Anniversary, and since then the car has been awarded NCRS Top-Flight status. The experts at RM expect this valuable piece of Corvette history to fetch anywhere from $450,000 to $600,000 at the Arizona auction.