Each 1953 Corvette was virtually hand-built and a lot of minor changes were made during the production run.
The new 1953 Corvette had
The interior featured
All of the first-year cars were Polo White with Sportsman Red interiors.
All had black canvas convertible tops which manually folded into a storage space behind the seats.
Other 1953-only features included
Short exhaust extensions were used on all '53s (and early '54s) because they were prone to drawing exhaust fumes into the car through the vent windows.
A black oilcloth window storage bag was provided to protect the 1953 Corvette's removable plastic side windows when stowed in the trunk.
|Series No.||Body/Style No.||Body Type||Factory Price||Shipping Weight||Production Total|
|Engine type||six-cylinder, inline, overhead valve unit|
|Block||cast iron block.|
|Displacement||235.5 cid (3.9 liters)|
|Bore & Stroke||3.56 in. (90mm) x 3.93 in. (100mm)|
|Power||150 brake hp @ 4200 rpm.|
|Ignition||single breaker point.|
|Carburetor||Three Carter Type YH one-barrel Model 2066S on the early models
and Model 2055S on later models.
|Wheelbase||102 inches (2.591 m)|
|Overall length||167 inches (4.242 m)|
|Front tread||57 inches (1.448 m)|
|Rear tread||58.8 inches (1.494 m)|
|Front suspension||coil springs with tubular shock absorbers and stabilizer bar|
|Rear suspension||Leaf springs, tube shocks and solid rear axle|
|Brakes||Drum on all four wheels|
1953 Corvette Notes