As the first-ever model year of America’s sports car, the 1953 Corvette is arguably one of the most sought-after Corvette models in its 70-year history. Now, for fans of the Chevy Corvette’s inaugural model year who can’t quite afford the real thing, Hallmark has released a 1953 Corvette Christmas tree ornament.
Measuring in at 3.77 inches long, 1.1 inches tall and 1.65 inches wide, this scaled-down model of the Bow Tie brand’s iconic performance machine is perfect for the classic Corvette enthusiast, and costs only $21.99. Adding to the authenticity of this ornament is a Polo White exterior paint job and a Sportsman Red interior colorway, as well as functional wheels. Unfortunately, it appears as though the model is out-of-stock online, however, it may still be available in select Hallmark stores.
One interesting aspect of this 1953 Corvette model is that it features a 1953 license plate up front, and a 2023 license plate out back.
In other Corvette-related developments, GM Authority recently reported that production of the upcoming 2024 Corvette will kick off one week later than originally expected, with the official date currently set at September 12th, 2023.
Notably, the end of production for the 2023 Corvette has also been pushed back to September 12th, 2023.
The 2024 Corvette is highlighted by the arrival of the electrified C8 E-Ray, which will stand as the first-ever hybrid and AWD Corvette model to roll off the assembly line. The 2024 Corvette E-Ray combines the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine with an electric motor on the front axle to bring total output up to 655 horsepower.
Other variants of the 2024 Corvette will include the C8 Stingray and C8 Z06. More specifically, the 2024 Stingray will be powered solely by the aforementioned LT2 engine, rated at 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in standard form. Meanwhile, the 2024 Z06 will feature the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine, rated at 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.