1953 was the very first year of production for America’s Sweetheart: the Chevrolet Corvette. Of course, the Corvette of that year is almost unfathomably different from the generations that would follow; it has a much more round, less aggressive shape; it was available only in Polo White with a red interior; and it was propelled by an underwhelming 235-cubic-inch (3.8-liter) inline-6 engine.
But a very fine example from the Chevy Corvette’s inaugural year of production is going up for auction at Mecum in Las Vegas, from February 27th through the 28th. Only 300 of these 1953 model year Corvettes were produced, making each very valuable and prestigious, if not priceless.
How much pricelessness are we talking about here? Mecum Auctions anticipates the car to go for between $175,000 and $225,000. It has the correct Polo White on Sportsman Red color combination, makes an estimated 150 HP, and features chic white-wall tires with painted steel rims. If you ever wanted to own a quintessential American classic, this would be a sporty, sharp addition to your garage.