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1953 Chevrolet Corvette

Mecum Harrisburg 2022
Wednesday, 27 July - Tuesday, 30 August
$407,000
Sale Price
Yes
Reserve
30 July 2022
Sold Date
S105.1
Lot Number
#2-
Recent restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. E53F01202. Polo White with black cloth top over red vinyl. 235/150hp six, Powerglide, wheel covers, Firestone whitewalls, pushbutton radio, heater.

Evaluation: No representation this is the original engine. Excellent fresh paint, tight top, and bright chrome. Crisp dash and gauges. The engine compartment is not as good, with some engine paint dribbled on the frame and smudged on the right engine mount. There’s storage dust where it’s hard to reach. The water temperature capillary tube is kinked. Good but not great.

Bottom Line: The price it brought, however, is great but not good, an expensive result even for a ’53 Corvette. This is a flawed example that brought a beyond perfect, show car, price. Mecum sold E53F01300 at Kissimmee in January for $418,000, but it was the last ’53 Corvette built. It was a result that propelled this otherwise undistinguished example to a magnanimous price. RM sold E53F01227, a better restoration, at Amelia in 2021 for $201,600, which is a better value benchmark.

by Andrew Newton
12 August 2022
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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