Beautifully restored 1953 Corvette, previously owned by Lyle Hill for nearly a half-century.
Beautifully restored 1953 Corvette, previously owned by Lyle Hill for nearly a half-century.

1953 Corvette Performance & Specifications

Powertrain, Steering, Brakes, Dimensions, & Suspension

Chevrolet Introduced the Corvette in 1953

Chevrolet introduced the Corvette in 1953 with a 235ci engine. It was capable of 150 horsepower and 223 lb-ft of torque. The Corvette came with a 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. For more information on the 1953 Corvette see the 1953 Corvette research center.

MODEL: 1953 Chevrolet Corvette
BODY STYLE: Two-door convertible, front engine, rear wheel drive
MANUFACTURING LOCATION: Flint, Michigan
CONSTRUCTION: Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP or “fiberglass”) body, steel frame with steel and chrome structural & chassis components.
VEHICLE NUMBERS (VIN): E53F001001 thru E53F001300
VIN PREFIX: LAY: 235 CUBIC INCH, 150 HORSEPOWER
ENGINE BLOCK NUMBER: 3701481: 235 CUBIC INCH, 150 HORSEPOWER (FIRST DESIGN), 3835911: 235 CUBIC INCH, 150 HORSEPOWER (SECOND DESIGN)
HEAD NUMBER: 3836066: 235 CUBIC INCH, 150 HORSEPOWER
CARBURETOR NUMBERS: CARTER 2066S #3706151: 235 CUBIC INCH, 150 HORSEPOWER, FIRST DESIGN, CARTER 2066S A #3706989: 235 CUBIC INCH, 150 HORSEPOWER, SECOND DESIGN
DISTRIBUTOR NUMBER: 1112314: 235 CUBIC INCH, 150 HORSEPOWER
GENERATOR NUMBER: 1102793: 235 CUBIC INCH, 150 HORSEPOWER
STARTER NUMBER: 1107109: 235 CUBIC INCH, 150 HORSEPOWER
PRODUCTION ENDING VEHICLE: JUNE, 1953: 001002 (PROTOTYPES 1 & 2), DECEMBER, 1953: 001300

1953 C1 Corvette Engine

1953 Corvette Engine & Transmission

ENGINE: 3.8 OHV I-6 “Blue Flame”, Normally Aspirated, Water Cooled
BLOCK MATERIAL: Cast Iron
VALVE TRAIN: OHV, 2 valves per cyl.
TORQUE: 223 lb-ft @ 2.400 rpm
MAX. ENGINE RPM: N/A
DISPLACEMENT: 3.85 Litre/235.5 Cubic Inches
CYLINDER HEAD MATERIAL: Cast Iron
FUEL DELIVERY: Three Carter Sidedraft Carbs.
RECOMMENDED FUEL: N/A
BORE: 3.56 x 3.95 inches
COMPRESSION RATIO: 8.00:1
HORSEPOWER: 150 HP @ 4200 RPM
EST. MPG: N/A
TRANSMISSION: 2-SPEED POWERGLIDE AUTOMATIC
STANDARD AXLE RATIO: 3.55:1

1953 C1 Corvette White

1953 Corvette Exterior/Interior Color Templates

1953 Corvette Car Dimensions

C1 1953 Corvette Dimensions
1953 C1 Corvette Car Dimensions
Exterior Dimensions Interior Dimensions
Wheelbase: 102 Inches Headroom: N/A
Overall Length: 167 Inches Shoulder Room: N/A
Total Body Width: 72.2 Inches Hip Room: N/A
Overall Height: 51.3 Inches Leg Room: N/A
Front Track Width: 57 Inches
Rear Track Width: 58.8 Inches

 

Capacities Specs
Passenger Capacity: 2 Passengers
Curb Weight (LBS/KG): 2,851/1,293
Cargo Volume (CU.FT/LITERS): 22.4/634.4
Fuel Capacity (GALLONS/LITERS): 18/68
 Engine Oil Capacity (QTS./LITERS):  5.5

1953 Corvette Wheels, Suspension & Brakes

Wheels/Tires Coupe & Convertible
Front Tires: 6.0 x 15 inch, 22 psi.
Rear Tires: 6.0 x 15 inch, 22 psi.
Front Wheels: Steel disc with safety rims. 15 x 5k
Rear Wheels: Steel disc with safety rims.  15 x 5k

 

Suspension
Front: Independent; upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, antiroll bar, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers.
Rear: Live axle on semi-elliptic leaf springs, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers

 

Brakes
Front: Hydraulic Drum Brakes. 11 inch drums
Rear: Hydraulic Drum Brakes. 11 inch drums

1953 C1 Corvette Back

1953 Corvette Performance

Published Performance Results
0-30 MPH: 3.6 Seconds
0-60 MPH: 11.2 Seconds
0-100 MPH: 39.0 Seconds
Quarter Mile: 17.90 Seconds @ 77.0 mph
Top Speed: 108 MPH