1953 Corvettes - CorvetteForum - Chevrolet Corvette Forum Discussion


C1 & C2 Corvettes
General C1 Corvette & C2 Corvette Discussion, Technical Info, Performance Upgrades, Project Builds, Restorations
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

1953 Corvettes

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-17-2017, 01:04 PM   #1
wake00
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
Thread Starter
 
wake00's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2010
Location: Mandeville LA
Posts: 181
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Default 1953 Corvettes

I know this is a shot in the dark, but does anyone have an accurate number on how many 53s still exist today? From my research, the numbers are all over the place.

Here are a few examples of what I foundů

C1 registry= 158
Corvette Action Center registry= 196
Corvsport.com= 225
Hemmings Blog= about 200

wake00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2017, 04:25 PM   #2
jv04
CF Senior Member
 
jv04's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 2005
Location: Madison - just west of Huntsville AL
Posts: 7,885
Thanked 244 Times in 157 Posts
Default

All reasonable guesses
jv04 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to jv04 For This Useful Post:
wake00 (05-18-2017)
Old 05-17-2017, 05:53 PM   #3
scopeli
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Oct 2010
Location: crown point in
Posts: 825
Thanked 27 Times in 23 Posts
Default

285+. probably easiest to list 53s that don't exist!
scopeli is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to scopeli For This Useful Post:
wake00 (05-18-2017)
Old 05-17-2017, 05:57 PM   #4
champs65
CF Senior Member
 
champs65's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 2006
Location: Finger Lakes NY
Posts: 7,220
Thanked 11 Times in 10 Posts
Default

I wonder if it would be possible to work backwards, identify which ones and how many definitely do not exist anymore, apply it to the known examples left and try to extrapolate a reasonable number inbetween?

Last edited by champs65; 05-17-2017 at 05:58 PM.
champs65 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to champs65 For This Useful Post:
vmaxpwc (09-02-2017), wake00 (05-18-2017)
Old 05-17-2017, 06:32 PM   #5
Randy G.
CF Senior Member
 
Randy G.'s Avatar
 
Member Since: May 2006
Location: Fullerton CA
Posts: 10,662
Thanked 389 Times in 275 Posts
Default

Might be like the black with red stinger 1967 big block cars. They originally made 300 1953 Corvettes, and now there are only 1,246 of them left.
Randy G. is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Randy G. For This Useful Post:
ndabunka (05-18-2017)
Old 05-17-2017, 10:40 PM   #6
gbvette62
CF Senior Member
 
gbvette62's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 2000
Location: Shamong, NJ
Posts: 8,410
Thanked 397 Times in 343 Posts
Default

Seven 53's are in a private collection in Pennsylvania. I know one of the 53's in the collection (VIN 001015), is on some of the registries, but I don't think most of the others are. The owner isn't someone interested in such things. Besides the seven 53's there are also two 54's, eight 55's, an assortment of mid-years, MG-TC's, and other cars in the collection. I know the VIN's for the cars in the collection, but I'm not in a position to make them public.



1953 Corvette VIN E53F001015.

gbvette62 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to gbvette62 For This Useful Post:
wake00 (05-18-2017)
Old 05-18-2017, 12:48 AM   #7
scopeli
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Oct 2010
Location: crown point in
Posts: 825
Thanked 27 Times in 23 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by gbvette62 View Post
seven 53's are in a private collection in pennsylvania. I know one of the 53's in the collection (vin 001015), is on some of the registries, but i don't think most of the others are. The owner isn't someone interested in such things. Besides the seven 53's there are also two 54's, eight 55's, an assortment of mid-years, mg-tc's, and other cars in the collection. I know the vin's for the cars in the collection, but i'm not in a position to make them public.



1953 corvette vin e53f001015.

15, 53, 97, 117, 122, 128, 237
scopeli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 08:27 AM   #8
wake00
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
Thread Starter
 
wake00's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2010
Location: Mandeville LA
Posts: 181
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by champs65 View Post
I wonder if it would be possible to work backwards, identify which ones and how many definitely do not exist anymore, apply it to the known examples left and try to extrapolate a reasonable number inbetween?
Thanks That's what I was thinking as well. I've been compiling data and working on a complete list. A lot of the records were from Noland Adams, which are a huge help, but some of the notes are 15-20 years old.

I'll continue to truck along It's more of a personal project that I do for the enjoyment. I've always been intrigued by the 53s.
wake00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 08:29 AM   #9
wake00
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
Thread Starter
 
wake00's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2010
Location: Mandeville LA
Posts: 181
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by scopeli View Post
15, 53, 97, 117, 122, 128, 237
I had an idea of who owned these. Not many individuals have that many 53s...but thanks for clarifying.
wake00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 08:56 AM   #10
csherman
CF Senior Member
 
csherman's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 2009
Location: Yorkville IL
Posts: 1,860
Thanked 124 Times in 110 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by wake00 View Post
Thanks That's what I was thinking as well. I've been compiling data and working on a complete list. A lot of the records were from Noland Adams, which are a huge help, but some of the notes are 15-20 years old.

I'll continue to truck along It's more of a personal project that I do for the enjoyment. I've always been intrigued by the 53s.
You should really speak with Vette Daddy - has restored more 53's than anyone.
csherman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 09:11 AM   #11
54vetteguy
CF Member
 
Member Since: Mar 2013
Location: Powell Ohio
Posts: 91
Thanked 6 Times in 5 Posts
Default

OK this is a bit off topic but I noticed in the photos that the cars shown in the collection seem to have the hoods unlatched and open a bit....anyone know the reason for this? Venting perhaps? Just curious.
John
54vetteguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 09:22 AM   #12
csherman
CF Senior Member
 
csherman's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 2009
Location: Yorkville IL
Posts: 1,860
Thanked 124 Times in 110 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 54vetteguy View Post
OK this is a bit off topic but I noticed in the photos that the cars shown in the collection seem to have the hoods unlatched and open a bit....anyone know the reason for this? Venting perhaps? Just curious.
John
The hoods can be difficult to pull open. Especially with the repro male hood latches (the springs are too stiff).

Last edited by csherman; 05-18-2017 at 09:23 AM.
csherman is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to csherman For This Useful Post:
wake00 (05-18-2017)
Old 05-18-2017, 09:31 AM   #13
wake00
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
Thread Starter
 
wake00's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2010
Location: Mandeville LA
Posts: 181
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by csherman View Post
You should really speak with Vette Daddy - has restored more 53's than anyone.
Thanks. I actually sent him a PM back in April and never got a reply.

So far... Google, the Noland Adams books and the NCRS manual have been my friend. I also enjoyed the earlycorvettes.com site. The section with the interior, exterior, mechanical and chassis parts is very helpful.
wake00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 11:09 AM   #14
Railroadman
CF Senior Member
St. Jude Donor '09-'10-'11-'12-'13-'14-'15-'16-'17-'18
 
Railroadman's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 2008
Location: Rochester NY
Posts: 20,227

Thanked 181 Times in 138 Posts
Default

You're probably familiar with this, but if not - back in the late 1960's Corvette News did a search for the 53's that could be found, and made a plaque for those who responded. Obviously a lot has changed in 50 years but there should a few tidbits in there you would find helpful. If you have not seen it I can see if I can dig my copy up and copy it.
Railroadman is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 11:17 AM   #15
DAN70
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
DAN70's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 2008
Location: PURCELLVILLE VA
Posts: 588
Thanked 52 Times in 43 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 54vetteguy View Post
OK this is a bit off topic but I noticed in the photos that the cars shown in the collection seem to have the hoods unlatched and open a bit....anyone know the reason for this? Venting perhaps? Just curious.
John
They all have V-8's with dual quads like my '54....
DAN70 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 12:13 PM   #16
deejaydu
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Mar 2007
Location: Seabrook Texas
Posts: 2,034
Thanked 41 Times in 34 Posts
Default

Steve Newsom knows the answer as close as anyone. He will know the actual ones that have been identified but that may not include a few that are still in hiding. He just got one two weeks ago that was in a guys living room since the 70's. I will find out today from him and post later.
deejaydu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 12:54 PM   #17
jv04
CF Senior Member
 
jv04's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 2005
Location: Madison - just west of Huntsville AL
Posts: 7,885
Thanked 244 Times in 157 Posts
Default

The 53 that I helped a friend sell recently (#1184) is now fully restored an in a private collection in Michigan with 11 other 1953 Corvette. Yes, I said eleven.

#1184 makes an even dozen for this collector.
jv04 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 01:34 PM   #18
csherman
CF Senior Member
 
csherman's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 2009
Location: Yorkville IL
Posts: 1,860
Thanked 124 Times in 110 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by wake00 View Post
Thanks. I actually sent him a PM back in April and never got a reply.

So far... Google, the Noland Adams books and the NCRS manual have been my friend. I also enjoyed the earlycorvettes.com site. The section with the interior, exterior, mechanical and chassis parts is very helpful.
I will give him a call - let him know
csherman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 02:01 PM   #19
wake00
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
Thread Starter
 
wake00's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2010
Location: Mandeville LA
Posts: 181
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Railroadman View Post
You're probably familiar with this, but if not - back in the late 1960's Corvette News did a search for the 53's that could be found, and made a plaque for those who responded. Obviously a lot has changed in 50 years but there should a few tidbits in there you would find helpful. If you have not seen it I can see if I can dig my copy up and copy it.
Thank you. Is this the 1953 Honor Roll? If so, I have a copy of the list.


Quote:
Originally Posted by deejaydu View Post
Steve Newsom knows the answer as close as anyone. He will know the actual ones that have been identified but that may not include a few that are still in hiding. He just got one two weeks ago that was in a guys living room since the 70's. I will find out today from him and post later.
Wow, that's a great story. I appreciate the help.


Quote:
Originally Posted by jv04 View Post
The 53 that I helped a friend sell recently (#1184) is now fully restored an in a private collection in Michigan with 11 other 1953 Corvette. Yes, I said eleven.

#1184 makes an even dozen for this collector.
That's incredible. Through my search, I've found where there are several collectors with 53s. It's amazing.


Quote:
Originally Posted by csherman View Post
I will give him a call - let him know
No worries. I originally sent him a message about a good source for 53 info. This whole thing got started because when doing my research I found the 53 info not easily accessible. Noland Adams book was a great find.
wake00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2017, 02:37 PM   #20
Railroadman
CF Senior Member
St. Jude Donor '09-'10-'11-'12-'13-'14-'15-'16-'17-'18
 
Railroadman's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 2008
Location: Rochester NY
Posts: 20,227

Thanked 181 Times in 138 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by wake00 View Post
Thank you. Is this the 1953 Honor Roll? If so, I have a copy of the list.
Yes, that's the one. I figured you knew of it, but posted just in case you didn't.
Railroadman is online now   Reply With Quote
Go Back   CorvetteForum - Chevrolet Corvette Forum Discussion >
Reload this Page
  • 1953 Corvettes
  •  
     
    Reply

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    1961 corvette huds69z C1 & C2 Corvettes 3 05-26-2017 09:29 PM
    C2 Registry RFJohnston C1 & C2 Corvettes 26 05-18-2017 10:58 AM
    1970 Corvette Registry-Is Your 70 Registered Eddie 70 C3 General 30 04-22-2017 09:09 PM
    C2 registry glenn c6 C1 & C2 Corvettes 4 07-02-2016 03:10 PM
    [Z06] Ron Fellows Registry? mr84monte C6 Corvette ZR1 & Z06 0 05-24-2016 03:52 PM


    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Click for Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off

    Forum Jump

    Sponsored Ads
    Vendor Directory

    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:32 AM.


     
    • Ask a Question
      Get answers from community experts
    Question Title:
    Description:
    Your question will be posted in: