149th corvette built out of a total production of 300 in 1953. Meticulously looked after by the same owner David Grove from 1960 until his passing in 2012. He was an immensely accomplished illustrator since the 1970s, having worked for just about every book publisher, magazine, movie studio, and major advertising firm over the past four decades. He was inducted into the Illustrator Hall of Fame in 2007, and a retrospective of his work was mounted by the Society of Illustrators in the summer of 2012. Always involved in the automotiove world, he did work for Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Road and Track, and many others.
His passion was cars , particularly corvettes. For the greater part of his life, his only vehicles were this 53, a 64 coupe, and most recently a 69 corvette with power steering and automatic transmission that he purchased because his health wouldnt allow him to drive the others.
Recently sold by the estate executer and purchased by me. 83,502 miles since new and Tons of documentation. It seems that every time anything was repaired, lubed, or fueled there was a note or receipt of it. There is a letter from Chevrolet Motor co Dated from 1958 and written to the previous owner addressing the car and that it was the 149th built.
This very rare vette retains all of its original drivetrain, and anytime something needed to be repaired, David opted to rebuild rather than replace. It has had paintwork years ago, but has never had any major body repair or replacement. Obviously the paint has many chips and defects from use and age. Interior is all original and it shows. Top material was replaced some time in the 90's i believe. Never any rust on the chassis, it is solid. Bottom end of the engine is untouched and standard bore, the head was rebuilt in the 90's. The carbs and air cleaners are original.
Runs and drives great and does not smoke. Radio does not work and the tachometer starts to get jumpy over 2k. I disconnected the tach cable because I didnt want to damage the gauge any further. All of the other gauges operate properly. The exhaust has a hole in the muffler. All of the lights seem to work fine and the wiring is all intact and has not been messed with or modified. This car can be enjoyed as-is or would make an excellent candidate for restoration. Very rare opportunity to add a first year corvette to your collection.