A special Chevrolet Corvette is heading to auction. Not only is this particular model part of the 1953 model year, the sports car’s first model year, but it also bears Zora Arkus-Duntov‘s signature in two locations.
First highlighted in a report from Corvette Online on Tuesday, the special Corvette features an inline-six “Blue Flame” engine and Chevrolet’s two-speed transmission with a trio of carburetors. Each of the 300 Corvettes from 1953 was finished in Polo White with a red interior and black retractable top. This particular car is 268 of 300.
It’s unclear why Duntov signed this particular model, but the signature process is heavily documented with photos and both signatures still present and clearly legible.
The 1953 Corvette will be offered with no reserve at the Vicari Auction in New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 24. Bring your checkbooks because aside from the historical significance, the car boasts just 45,763 miles to boot.