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1953 Chevy Corvette restored by NASCAR’s Mark Martin on sale

Motorious logo Motorious 10/01/2019 Elizabeth Puckett
a car parked in a parking lot © Autoclassics

On June 30, 1953, the very first “America’s sports car” rolled off the Flint, Michigan assembly line. There were 300 of the ground breaking fiberglass-bodied cars made that year, all identical and all hand built in the back of a customer delivery garage. America was hooked, making 1953 the lowest production of any year to follow.

The Polo White, hand laid fiberglass convertible came with Sportsman Red interior and black canvas top. Making 150 horsepower, running through a two-speed automatic transmission, the iconic car is powered by a Blue Flame 235 cubic inch, inline six-cylinder motor with triple Carter carburetors. Car number 290 of the production of 300 is being auctioned off with the original fiberglass, matching numbers engine, original side curtains, and spare tire.

Although the car currently is part of a private collection in Southern California, it was restored in 1990 by NASCAR’s very own Mark Martin where it called the Mark Martin Klassix Auto Museum, in Daytona Beach, Florida, home until the museum closed its doors in 2003.

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Since 1990 the pristine vehicle has only been driven 800 miles and in 2018 received new brake cylinders all the way around as well as a new battery, valve job, carburetor rebuild, and Al Knoch seat covers.

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Looking at this car is like taking a step back into the days of white wall tires. It is incredibly clean, well maintained, and appears to be all original. It would certainly make a fine addition to anyone's garage and now is the time too jump in if you’ve been wanting a C1 for your collection, as there is no reserve price on this beautiful machine.

Interested buyers can place their bids in Scottsdale, January 12-20 as Barrett-Jackson presents to auction this one of a kind car.

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