Base Corvette Roadster (2934) – The “real” base price of the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette. (1)
The base price was effective October 16, 1953.
The base price included federal excise tax and $248.00 delivery and handling.
Prices did not include local taxes or any additional dealer charges.
The base price was actually a recommended price. Some Chevrolet dealers actually charged different pricing.
An interior space/.cockpit heater. (A standard option included on all three hundred 1953 Corvettes.)
The heater was not a fresh air-type heater. The heater only recirculated interior cockpit air.
AM Radio, signal seeking (102A)
A standard Delco, signal seeking AM radio with conventional volume and tuning dials.
The 1953 signal-seeking AM radio was the same as the unit put into the 1954 Corvette, although the 1953 did not have Conelrad national defense markings.
Radio antennas were standard in all 1953 Corvettes. The antenna consists of a wire mesh screen fiberglassed into the interior lining of the trunk lid. Because fiberglass is electrically inert, this solution provided a way of concealing the antenna without creating radio interference.
(1) Although listed as options, every 1953 Corvette included the installation of both a heater and an AM Delco radio. When placing an order for a new Corvette, customers were not given the option of deleting either of these features from their car.