1953 Corvette Roadster

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The Chevrolet Corvette is a legend that has endured for nearly sixty years, leaving an indelible mark on the very face of the American automotive landscape. Its timeless design and enduring mission as America’s premier two-seater sports car has captivated countless millions across the globe.

Every legend has to have a beginning. The Corvette’s legendary story starts with the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster, representing the first of a long line of Corvettes to be produced by General Motors’ principal automotive division. Starting out life as the EX-122 Concept of 1952, the 1953 Corvette stepped off the GM Motorama turntable and onto the tarmac. The 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster’s exotic styling hewed closely to contemporary British roadsters, while the fiberglass construction was unlike anything used on American road vehicles at that time. Unlike the average British roadster, the Corvette was meant to cruise down the boulevards instead of carving along back roads.

1953-Corvette-Roadster-Blue-Flame-Engine-2While the outward appearance of the Corvette wowed critics, the underpinnings were surprisingly pedestrian for a car of its type. The Corvette used an independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs. At the rear, the roadster employed a live axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs. Stopping power came courtesy of four-wheel drum brakes. Under the hood, Chevy used a 3.9-liter “Blue Flame” straight six-cylinder engine producing 150 horsepower. Mated to a two-speed Powerglide transmission, it didn’t provide the most captivating performances, but that problem would be taken care of in subsequent years.

A total of 300 examples were produced for 1953 and all were built largely by hand. Every single Corvette produced that year bore Polo White exterior paint with red interiors and black canvas soft tops.

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RM Auctions 2013 Pebble Beach Auction Results

Lot 225

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider by Scaglietti

Sold for $27,500,000

Lot 140

1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider by Pinin Farina

Sold for $9,075,000

Lot 216

1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Torpedo Roadster by Carrosserie J. Saoutchik

Sold for $8,250,000

Lot 132

1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster by Sindelfingen

Sold for $7,480,000

Lot 146

1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider by Scaglietti

Sold for $4,070,000

Lot 137

1955 Jaguar D-Type

Sold for $3,905,000

Lot 232

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Series I by Pinin Farina

Sold for $3,520,000

Lot 241

1974 McLaren M16C Indianapolis

Sold for $3,520,000

Lot 125

1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta in the style of Touring

Sold for $3,080,000

Lot 115

1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico by Pininfarina

Sold for $2,750,000

Lot 219

1953 Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder by Frua

Sold for $2,530,000

Lot 221

1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Cabriolet by Brandone

Sold for $2,255,000

Lot 235

1953 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spyder by Fantuzzi

High Bid of $2,200,000

Lot 214

1960 Aston Martin DB4GT

Sold for $2,200,000

Lot 242

1960 Maserati Tipo 61 ‘Birdcage’

Sold for $2,090,000

Lot 154

1958 Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ Prototype

Sold for $1,980,000

Lot 238

1931 Duesenberg Model SJ ‘Disappearing Top’ Convertible Coupe by Murphy

High Bid of $1,850,000

Lot 213

1995 Ferrari F50

Sold for $1,677,500

Lot 240

1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider by Scaglietti

Sold for $1,650,000

Lot 109

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

Sold for $1,485,000

Lot 117
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

Sold for $1,430,000

Lot 131
1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L ‘Lusso’ Berlinetta by Scaglietti

Sold for $1,386,000

Lot 244
1996 Ferrari 333 SP Evoluzione

Sold for $1,375,000

Lot 127
1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II by Pinin Farina

Sold for $1,292,500

Lot 220
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

Sold for $1,265,000

Lot 230
1990 Ferrari F40

Sold for $1,155,000

Lot 217
1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II by Pininfarina

Sold for $1,100,000

Lot 209
1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Roadster in the style of H.J. Mulliner

Sold for $1,017,500

Lot 237
1965 Ferrari 275 GTS by Pininfarina

Sold for $990,000

Lot 215
1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

Sold for $984,500

Lot 239
1968 Toyota 2000GT

Sold for $935,000

Lot 247
1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L ‘Lusso’ Berlinetta by Scaglietti

Sold for $924,000

Lot 130
1963 Shelby 289 Cobra

Sold for $924,000

Lot 243
1976 Chevrolet Corvette Widebody IMSA “Spirit of Le Mans”

High Bid of $875,000

Lot 124
1932 Bentley 8-Litre Saloon by Arthur Mulliner

Sold for $825,000

Lot 123
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta by Scaglietti

Sold for $770,000

Lot 138
1969 Ferrari 365 GTC by Pininfarina

Sold for $759,000

Lot 136
1965 Lamborghini 350 GT by Touring

Sold for $742,500

Lot 126
1985 Porsche 959 ‘Vorserie’

Sold for $737,000

Lot 245
1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano Coupe

Sold for $726,000

Lot 122
1965 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada Alloy

Sold for $693,000

Lot 144
1957 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena Coupe

Sold for $687,500

Lot 135
1932 Chrysler CH Imperial Cabriolet by Bohman & Schwartz

Sold for $660,000

Lot 112
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Tourer in the style of Holmes

Sold for $660,000

Lot 249
1986 Porsche 962 Race Car

High Bid of $650,000

Lot 218
1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II

Sold for $632,500

Lot 129
1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S

High Bid of $610,000

Lot 227
1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta by Scaglietti

Sold for $583,000

Lot 128
1977 Porsche 934½ IMSA/Trans-Am

Sold for $550,000

Lot 223
1976 Porsche 935 IMSA “El Salvador”

High Bid of $525,000

Lot 148
1938 Ventnor K-2 Unlimited Runabout “GEN-VI”

High Bid of $525,000

Lot 116
1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS ‘Chairs & Flares’

Sold for $473,000

Lot 252
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley Roadster in the style of Brewster

Sold for $451,000

Lot 224
1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk III

Sold for $440,000

Lot 251
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring

High Bid of $430,000

Lot 153
1967 Ferrari 330 GTC by Pininfarina

Sold for $418,000

Lot 258
1959 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe by Pinin Farina

Sold for $390,500

Lot 206
1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS ‘Chairs & Flares’

Sold for $390,500

Lot 236
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Phaeton by Brewster

Sold for $385,000

Lot 212
1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale by Bertone

Sold for $376,750

Lot 248
1931 Stutz DV32 Convertible Victoria by Rollston

High Bid of $375,000

Lot 151
1962 Ghia L6.4 Coupe

Sold for $352,000

Lot 150
1937 Bentley 4¼-Litre Concealed Head Coupe by H.J. Mulliner

Sold for $341,000

Lot 113
1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible

Sold for $330,000

Lot 118
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Split-Window Race Car “7 11″

High Bid of $325,000

Lot 142
1966 Aston Martin DB6

Sold for $321,750

Lot 139
1958 Facel Vega FVS Series 4 Sport Coupe

Sold for $302,500

Lot 159
1948 Tatra T87 Limousine

Sold for $280,500

Lot 158
1958 Timossi-Maserati KD-13 Hydroplane

Sold for $280,500

Lot 156
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

Sold for $275,000

Lot 210
1971 Ferrari 365 GTC/4

Sold for $275,000

Lot 141
1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster

Sold for $269,500

Lot 211
1967 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2 Roadster

Sold for $253,000

Lot 207
1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce Alleggerita

Sold for $253,000

Lot 152
1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1500 Speedster by Reutter

High Bid of $235,000

Lot 234
1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 by Pininfarina

Sold for $225,500

Lot 226
1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton

Sold for $225,500

Lot 253
1937 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan

Sold for $220,000

Lot 222
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet

Sold for $220,000

Lot 121
1947 Ford Super DeLuxe Sportsman

High Bid of $205,000

Lot 134
1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 ‘Factory’ Le Mans Competition Roadster

Sold for $198,000

Lot 120
1982 Lamborghini Countach 5000S

Sold for $198,000

Lot 157
1970 Shelby GT350 Fastback

Sold for $189,750

Lot 228
2010 Ferrari California

Sold for $187,000

Lot 111
1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Liter Roadster

Sold for $187,000

Lot 147
1926 Hispano-Suiza H6B Torpedo by Weymann

Sold for $180,000

Lot 255
1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Roadster

Sold for $170,500

Lot 143
1984 Ferrari 512 BBi by Pininfarina

Sold for $170,500

Lot 114
2009 Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85

Sold for $165,000

Lot 246
1978 Jaguar XJ-S Group 44 Trans-Am Race Car

Sold for $154,000

Lot 119
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC 3.4 Roadster

Sold for $151,250

Lot 110
1960 Porsche 356 B 1600 Super Roadster by Drauz

High Bid of $145,000

Lot 208
1965 Austin-Healey BJ8 MK III Sports Convertible

Sold for $143,000

Lot 160
1968 Shelby GT500 KR Convertible

Sold for $140,250

Lot 254
1954 Kaiser-Darrin Roadster

Sold for $137,500

Lot 145
1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Sold for $132,000

Lot 108
1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Sprint Speciale by Bertone

Sold for $126,500

Lot 104
1963 Porsche 356 B 1600 Cabriolet by Reutter

Sold for $121,000

Lot 257
1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce

Sold for $121,000

Lot 105
1970 Porsche 911 S 2.2 Coupe

High Bid of $120,000

Lot 204
1963 Porsche 356 B 1600 Coupe by Karmann

Sold for $120,000

Lot 205
1972 Lamborghini Jarama 400 GT

Sold for $112,750

Lot 155
1973 Porsche 911 S 2.4 Coupe

High Bid of $110,000

Lot 231
1987 Ferrari Testarossa

Sold for $110,000

Lot 229
2002 Ferrari 360 Spider F1

Sold for $104,500

Lot 250
1966 Shelby GT350H Race Car

Sold for $104,500

Lot 162
1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mk I

Sold for $96,250

Lot 107
1949 Mercury Station Wagon

Sold for $96,250

Lot 259
1972 Porsche 911 S Targa

Sold for $93,500

Lot 161
1965 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider by Touring

Sold for $93,500

Lot 201
1960 Fiat 600 Jolly by Ghia

Sold for $85,250

Lot 106
1950 Ford Custom DeLuxe Station Wagon

Sold for $85,250

Lot 202
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Sold for $79,750

Lot 102
1974 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super Giardinetta by Carrozzeria Grazia

Sold for $77,000

Lot 133
1938 Ford DeLuxe Station Wagon

Sold for $77,000

Lot 256
1957 Ford Thunderbird ‘E-Bird’ Convertible

Sold for $74,250

Lot 233
1979 Ferrari 308 GTS

Sold for $63,250

Lot 103
1955 Guess-DeSoto F-4 266 Hydroplane “Z-Z-ZIP”

Sold for $57,750

Lot 203
1976 Lamborghini Urraco P300

Sold for $57,750

Lot 101
1938 Fiat 508C Berlinetta Speciale by Geburth

Sold for $55,000

Gooding & Co 2013 Pebble Beach Auction Results


  • Lot 1 – 1959 BMW Isetta 300 ~ $33,000

  • Lot 2 – 1960 Porsche 356 B Super 90 Roadster ~ $181,500

  • Lot 3 – 1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 Seven-Passenger Suburban ~ $159,500

  • Lot 4 – 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 ~ $93,500

  • Lot 5 – 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC ~ $946,000

  • Lot 6 – 1965 Shelby GT350 ~ $330,000

  • Lot 7 – 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO ~ $1,512,500

  • Lot 8 – 1928 Stutz Model BB Cabriolet Coupe ~ $209,000

  • Lot 9 – 1958 Bentley S1 Continental Saloon ~ $258,500

  • Lot 10 – 1958 Porsche 356 A Super Speedster ~ $264,000

  • Lot 11 – 1937 Packard 115-C Cabriolet ~ $165,000

  • Lot 12 – 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II ~ $368,500

  • Lot 13 – 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Competition Roadster ~ $1,485,000

  • Lot 14 – 1920 Locomobile 48 Sportif ~ $176,000

  • Lot 15 – 1961 Fiat-Abarth 1000 Bialbero GT Competition Coupe ~ $302,500

  • Lot 16 – 1958 Buick Century Caballero Estate Wagon ~ $90,750

  • Lot 18 – 1948 Cisitalia 202 SC Coupe ~ $385,000

  • Lot 19 – 1968 Lamborghini Islero ~ $247,500

  • Lot 20 – 1921 Mercer Series 5 Sporting ~ $112,750

  • Lot 21 – 2010 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport ~ $1,155,000

  • Lot 23 – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 396 RS/SS L89 ~ $110,000

  • Lot 24 – 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS ~ $1,595,000

  • Lot 25 – 1957 Dual-Ghia ~ $495,000

  • Lot 26 – 1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale ~ $429,000

  • Lot 27 – 1933 Packard Twelve Model 1005 Coupe ~ $220,000

  • Lot 28 – 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast ~ $1,980,000

  • Lot 29 – 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe ~ $726,000

  • Lot 30 – 1938 Mercedes-Benz 230 Cabriolet B ~ $220,000

  • Lot 31 – 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet ~ $1,540,000

  • Lot 32 – 1950 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Coupe ~ $814,000

  • Lot 33 – 1977 Volkswagen Beetle ~ $28,600

  • Lot 34 – 2002 Ferrari F2002 ~ $2,255,000

  • Lot 35 – 1963 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL ~ $214,500

  • Lot 36 – 1937 Delage D8-120 Deltasport Three-Position Cabriolet ~ $770,000

  • Lot 37 – 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra ~ $1,100,000

  • Lot 38 – 1951 Vincent Black Shadow ~ $132,000

  • Lot 39 – 1957 Ferrari 250 GT 14-Louver Berlinetta ~ $9,460,000

  • Lot 40 – 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine ~ $209,000

  • Lot 41 – 1934 Packard Twelve 1107 Convertible Victoria ~ $539,000

  • Lot 42 – 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425 Roadster ~ $121,000

  • Lot 43 – 1956 Porsche 356 1500 GS Carrera Speedster ~ $1,485,000

  • Lot 44 – 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Playboy Roadster ~ $341,000

  • Lot 45 – 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II ~ $445,500

  • Lot 46 – 1948 MG TC ~ $77,000

  • Lot 47 – 1935 Avions Voisin C25 Aérodyne ~ $1,925,000

  • Lot 48 – 1996 Porsche 993 GT2 ~ $506,000

  • Lot 49 – 1971 Lotus Elan +2S Coupe ~ $36,300

  • Lot 50 – 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona ~ $517,000

  • Lot 51 – 1997 McLaren F1 ~ $8,470,000

  • Lot 52 – 1955 Nash Metropolitan Convertible ~ $66,000

  • Lot 53 – 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster ~ $1,622,500

  • Lot 55 – 1929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe ~ $2,365,000

  • Lot 56 – 1962 Porsche 356 B Super 90 Cabriolet ~ $192,500

  • Lot 57 – 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS ~ $396,000

  • Lot 58 – 1932 SS1 Coupe ~ $154,000

  • Lot 60 – 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet ~ $341,000

  • Lot 61 – 1972 Porsche 911 “STR II” ~ $302,500

  • Lot 62 – 2005 Aston Martin DBR9 ~ $440,000

  • Lot 63 – 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB ~ $1,540,000

  • Lot 65 – 1959 Fiat 600 Jolly ~ $148,500

  • Lot 66 – 1968 Lamborghini Espada 400 GT Series 1 ~ $214,500

  • Lot 67 – 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS ~ $473,000

  • Lot 68 – 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet ~ $203,500

  • Lot 69 – 1967 Alfa Romeo 1600 Duetto Spider ~ $39,600

  • Lot 101 – 1948 Buick Roadmaster Convertible ~ $110,000

  • Lot 102 – 1962 Porsche 356 B Twin Grille Roadster ~ $253,000

  • Lot 103 – 1973 Alfa Romeo Montreal ~ $99,000

  • Lot 104 – 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra ~ $819,500

  • Lot 105 – 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet ~ $236,500

  • Lot 106 – 1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS ~ $203,500

  • Lot 107 – 1921 Stutz Model K Bulldog 4-Passenger Tourer ~ $126,500

  • Lot 108 – 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso ~ $1,265,000

  • Lot 109 – 1965 Aston Martin DB5 ~ $715,000

  • Lot 110 – 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo ~ $66,000

  • Lot 111 – 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Three-Position Sedanca Coupe ~ $1,320,000

  • Lot 112 – 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR ~ $742,500

  • Lot 113 – 1967 Volkswagen Type 2 21-Window Bus ~ $126,500

  • Lot 114 – 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione ~ $4,840,000

  • Lot 115 – 1914 Packard 1-38 Five Passenger Phaeton ~ $467,500

  • Lot 117 – 1915 Cretors Model C Popcorn Wagon ~ $374,000

  • Lot 118 – 1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB Four-Seat Sports Tourer ~ $170,500

  • Lot 119 – 1966 AAR Gurney-Weslake Eagle Mk 1 ~ $3,740,000

  • Lot 120 – 1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 NART Daytona Spider ~ $720,000

  • Lot 121 – 2012 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante By Touring Full-Scale Design Model ~ $66,000

  • Lot 122 – 1968 Porsche 911 L ~ $583,000

  • Lot 123 – 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante ~ $8,745,000

  • Lot 124 – 1950 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Prix Child’s Car ~ $74,800

  • Lot 125 – 1958 Maserati 3500 GT Spider Prototype ~ $1,430,000

  • Lot 126 – 1949 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Super Sport ~ $451,000

  • Lot 127 – 1931 Packard 845 DeLuxe Eight Convertible Coupe ~ $374,000

  • Lot 128 – 1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Drophead Coupe ~ $341,000

  • Lot 129 – 1934 Lincoln KB Convertible Sedan ~ $275,000

  • Lot 130 – 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback ~ $1,980,000

  • Lot 131 – 1990 Ferrari F40 LM ~ $2,090,000

  • Lot 132 – 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen 3=6 ~ $101,750

  • Lot 133 – 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose Alloy ~ $2,585,000

  • Lot 134 – 1929 Bentley Speed Six Grafton Coupe ~ $2,860,000

  • Lot 135 – 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL ~ $107,250

  • Lot 137 – 1967 Holman Moody Ford Honker II ~ $200,000

  • Lot 138 – 1950 Crosley Gardner Special ~ $30,800

  • Lot 141 – 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing ~ $1,705,000

  • Lot 142 – 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II ~ $176,000

  • Lot 143 – 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione ~ $7,150,000

  • Lot 145 – 1956 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS Carrera Coupe ~ $715,000

  • Lot 147 – 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster ~ $269,500

  • Lot 149 – 1967 Ferrari 365 California Spider ~ $2,970,000

  • Lot 150 – 1961 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Coupe ~ $79,750

  • Lot 151 – 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC ~ $3,080,000

  • Lot 152 – 1968 Triumph TR5 PI ~ $115,500

  • Lot 154 – 1925 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Salamanca Permanent ~ $203,500

  • Lot 155 – 1970 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Two-Door Hardtop ~ $71,500

  • Lot 156 – 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 D Cabriolet ~ $495,000

  • Lot 157 – 1965 Lamborghini Miura P400 Prototype Chassis ~ $473,000

  • Lot 158 – 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB ~ $1,485,000

  • Lot 159 – 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster ~ $154,000

  • Lot 160 – 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT Interim ~ $451,000