January 15th through 19th, 2014!
Join these great Featured Consignments at the most unique auction experience ever created: Auction In The Round!
These Showcase Feature Consignments are just a sampling of the many great cars that will join over 750 others to be sold in Scottsdale this January! Check back weekly as these Feature Consignments will rotate and be updated with additional great cars. Prior to the Flagship Russo and Steele Auction, full listings of all the consignments will be posted and also available on our Digital Auction Catalog.
The first year production for Corvette was the 1953 model; it was to be a true limited edition of just 300 units. Of those first 300 Corvettes produced about 225 have been accounted for and it is estimated that in one form or another, nearly 200 have survived. Each one is truly a piece of American automotive history. The outstanding example we are pleased to present was created toward the end of the 1953 model year and carries unit number 273.
Treated to a full professional restoration we would dare to say that this car is probably what the designers and engineers were hoping for when the Corvette was first conceived. Looking over the bodywork, the Polo White paint is smooth and even with no signs of mismatched or ill-joined body panels. Both doors, the hood, and deck lid display consistently even gaps. Under the hood, the Blue Flame Special looks like it was just installed in the car, finished in its original teal-blue color scheme with the proper markings, casting dates and components including the front of the valve cover that sports a slight dent as done at the factory to accommodate proper hood clearance.
For 1953, there were no real options when it came to color choices, either inside or out, nor for the equipment as each was car fitted with red vinyl bucket seats and a black canvas top, both of which are featured on this superb restoration. Also part of the Corvette package was the Wonder-Bar AM radio and recirculating heater. All the components that were exclusive to the 1953 models are also in place including the dual hood release controls, the smooth radiator surge tank, the bullet-style triple air cleaners, and unique one-piece stamped carburetor linkage. Other important details include the wheels being painted red, just as they were at the factory and the proper Corvette spinner wheel covers carrying the famous blue bow-tie logo in the center making sure everyone who saw this car when it was new, would know it was at its heart a Chevrolet. Professionally restored, this outstanding first-year Corvette stands ready to anchor the finest automotive collections in existence.