1953 Chevrolet Corvette1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars


  • A rare 1953 Chevy Corvette is up for sale after being hidden in storage for nearly 40 years. 
  • The car is one of only 300 ‘Vettes built in 1953, the model’s first production year. 
  • The car shows only 5,800 miles, which is astonishing for a car of its age. 
  • It’s being sold through Classic Promenade in Arizona for an asking price of $249,800. 
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An exceptionally rare, barely driven 1953 Chevy Corvette is up for sale after being hidden away in a garage for close to 40 years. 

The immaculate ‘Vette — which is asking $249,800 through Classic Promenade, a dealership in Arizona — shows just 5,800 miles on the odometer and is one of only 300 Corvettes built in 1953, the model’s first production year. 

Not only is the car rare and significant, it also has quite the backstory, according to its selling dealer. A 20-year-old Lyle Hill bought the car in 1962, drove it for a few years, and then tucked it away in storage for the better part of the next four decades, which helps explain how the nearly 70-year-old car boasts such astonishingly low mileage. 

The stunning, not-so-regular Corvette for sale was brought to our attention by the YouTube channel Regular Car Reviews. Take a closer look at the car below. 

The ‘Vette is one of only 300 that were built in 1953, the sports car’s first production year.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars


It only has 5,800 miles on the odometer, so it’s essentially brand new when it comes to mileage.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars


It’s believed to be the lowest-mileage 1953 ‘Vette in existence, according to the selling dealer, Classic Promenade in Arizona.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars


The Corvette was barely driven in its 67-year lifetime, since it was kept in a garage for nearly four decades.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars


Its long-term owner, Lyle Hill, bought the car secondhand in 1962 and drove it for four years.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars


Hill tucked the ‘Vette away in storage in the mid 1960s, with the intention of restoring it …

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars


… but didn’t get around to it until the early 2000s.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars


In the meantime, Hill became well known in the Corvette community as an expert and a source for rare components.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars


Eventually, Hill had the car meticulously restored in time for the model’s 50th anniversary in 2003.

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1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars


After Hill’s death in 2014, the car’s new owner restored it even further, to period specifications.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars


The car is finished in the original Polo White livery …

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars


… and has its correct tires, red wheels, and hubcaps.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars


Plus, the car is fitted with a gorgeous red vinyl interior and carpeting.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars


It also comes with a black convertible canvas top stowed away in its storage compartment.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars


The car has a “Blue Flame” straight-six engine paired with a two-speed automatic gearbox, and Classic Promenade believes the drivetrain to be original.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars


The seller notes that the tachometer and clock aren’t working, which is a bit odd for a $250,000 car. But that’s likely a small price to pay for such a rare and significant piece of automotive history.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars


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