1953 Corvette Specifications

The 1953 Corvette featured an innovative fiberglass body that made for a much lighter car, which could be more easily molded into complex shapes than traditional steel construction vehicles. Despite some initial production problems, the car was a strong performer. Here are the specifications for the 1953 Corvette:

The 1953 Corvette could go from 0-60 mph in 11.0 seconds.
The 1953 Corvette could go from 0-60 mph in 11.0 seconds.

Vehicle Specifications
Convertible
Wheelbase, inches 102.0
Length, inches
167.0
Width, inches
72.2
Track, inches
front: 57.0 rear: 59.0
Height, inches
51.3
Curb Weight, pounds
2,850

Mechanical Specifications (2-door convertible)

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

Wheels/Tires
6.0x15

Brakes
front: 11-inch drum
rear: 11-inch drum

Transmission
2-speed Powerglide

Standard axle ratio
3.55:1

Engine Specifications

Typeohv I-6
Displacement, liters/cu inch3.85/235.5
Bore x stroke, inches3.56 x 3.95
Fuel Management3 Carter sidedraft
Horsepower @ rpm150 @ 4200
Torque @ rpm, pound-foot223 @ 2400

Published Performance Numbers

Acceleration
150 hp, 2-sp automatic
0-60 mph, sec
11.0
0-100 mph, sec
41.0
1/4-mile, sec
17.9

Source: Road & Track

Vehicle Production and Base Prices

Car Type
Production
Price
2-door convertible
300
$3,498.00

Options and Production

Option
Production
Price
AM radio, signal seeking
300
$145.15
Heater
300
91.40

Color Choices and Production

Color Choice
Production
Polo White
300

Learn about other Corvettes in this generation:

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