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Lot Number
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1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
2017 Monical Collection Auction

Offered Without Reserve

CHASSIS NO: E53F001062
• Highly decorated example of the original Corvette
• NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence Award Winner
• NCRS Top Flight Award Winner; Bloomington Gold ® Certified
• Historic and very rare first-year example of “America’s Sports Car”



235 cid “Blue Flame” OHV inline six-cylinder engine, triple Carter sidedraft carburetors, 150 HP, Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 102”


General Motors’ trailblazing Design Chief, Harley Earl, was asked to create a fiberglass-bodied car that would compete with the world’s finest sports cars of the early 1950s. Dubbed the “Corvette Dream Car,” it debuted at the GM Motorama show held at New York’s glamorous Waldorf-Astoria in New York City and the results were astonishing. By the end of the show, over 300,000 people had seen the car and purchased $800,000 in GM products. By the time the Motorama tour ended, over four million people had reportedly seen this futuristic automobile with its sleek body constructed from a revolutionary new material called fiberglass. The Corvette was powered by Chevy’s proven overhead-valve inline six-cylinder “Blue Flame” engine, a high-performance development of the legendary “Stovebolt.” Breathing through three single-throat sidedraft Carter carburetors, it was further upgraded with mechanical valve lifters, 8:1 compression, a split exhaust manifold, and dual exhaust pipes, delivering 150 horsepower in concert with a floor-shifted Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission for cruising ease.

Chevrolet began Corvette production in mid-1953 in a temporary facility in Flint, Michigan and, in the process, the GM Division became the first American car manufacturer to successfully mass-produce a vehicle body made entirely of fiberglass. Only 300 Corvettes were hand-built for 1953, including the pre-production Motorama show cars, making them by far the rarest of all Corvette production years. Due to their extremely limited production, many hand-made parts were used, and the earliest cars assembled vary from later 1953 Corvettes in many details. Accordingly, they are the most sought-after by collectors. Hand-built by the most experienced technicians, craftsmen, and assemblers available to Chevrolet, the early 1953 Corvettes are every bit as special as the contemporary products of Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, or Alfa Romeo.

The 1953 Corvette offered here is one of the early-production cars: Number 62. As with all Corvettes built for 1953, it was originally finished in Polo White over red upholstery. It was restored to elite show-quality standard for a prior owner and went on to earn all the top awards in Corvette circles, including NCRS Top Flight, the prestigious Duntov Mark of Excellence Award, and Bloomington Gold ® Certification, meaning this historic, first-year Corvette remains true to its factory-original specifications. As now offered, it continues to stand tall in excellent running and driving condition. The prior owner was a serious Corvette collector, who took special pride in understanding, appreciating, and preserving these very special and historic automobiles. Since Bobby Monical acquired it it has enjoyed proper care, maintenance, and sparing enjoyment during his tenure. With only some 1,000 miles traveled since the detailed, award-winning restoration was completed, 1953 Corvette Number 62 provides a truly significant addition to any collection of one many landmark automobiles and a very fine investment as well.

Having won the top awards available to Corvette collectors and restorers, this wonderful 1953 Chevrolet Corvette enjoyed a quiet life within two car museums prior to being restored, and the quality of the car prior to disassembly and restoration was already exceptional. This history allowed the creation of a true masterpiece that has a phenomenal presence wherever it is viewed or judged. With many classic automobiles, and Corvettes in particular, the accolades and judged point earnings from NCRS and Bloomington Gold ® speak much louder than any casual inspection ever could. It is believed one of only 14 1953 Corvettes to earn the coveted Duntov Award; accordingly, “Number 62” will place you on the fast track to the upper echelon in the Corvette world, affording you the opportunity to join a select group with a truly limited membership roster.

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