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C1: The first generation "Solid Axle" Corvettes (1953-1956)

 

 

1953 Corvette

 

 

 

Wheelbase:

102"

Track:

57" Front / 58.8" Rear

 

Height:

51.5"  Over Windshield

 

Length:

167.3"

 

Tire Size:

6.70x15"

 

Width:

69.8"

 

Plant:

Flint, Michigan

 

Curb Weight:

2,886 lbs.

 

 

 

The 1953 Corvettes Options:

Code Description Quantity Price
2934 Base Corvette Convertible 300 $3,498.00
101A Heater 300 91.40
101B AM Radio 300 145.15

Serial Numbers: E53001001 through E53F001300

Base Engine:  235ci  150hp

Exterior Quantity Soft Top Wheels Interior
Polo White 300 Black Red Red

 

1954 Corvette

 

 

Wheelbase:

102"

 

Track:

57" Front / 58.8" Rear

 

Height:

51.5"  Over Windshield

 

Length:

167.3"

 

Tire Size:

6.70x15"

 

Width:

69.8"

 

Plant:

St. Louis

 

Curb Weight:

2,886 lbs.

 

 

The 1954 Corvettes Options:

Code

Description

Quantity Price
2934 Base Corvette Convertible 3640 $2,774.00
100 Directional Signals 3640 16.75
101 Heater 3640 91.40
102 AM Radio 3640 145.15
290B Whitewall Tires 3640 26.90
313M Powerglide Transmission 3640 178.35
420A Parking Brake Alarm 3640 5.65
421A Courtesy Lights 3640 4.05
422A Windshield Washer 3640 11.85

Serial Numbers: E54S001001 through E54S004640

Base Engine: 235ci "Blueflame" 150hp (155hp after mid-year cam change)

Exterior Quantity Soft Top Wheels Interior
Polo White 3,230 Beige Red Red
Pennant Blue 300 Beige Red Beige
Sportsman Red 100 Beige Red Red
Black 4 Beige Red Red

 

1955 Corvette

 

 

 

Wheelbase:

102"

 

 

Track:

57" Front / 58.8" Rear

 

Height:

51.5"  Over Windshield

 

Length:

167.3"

 

Tire Size:

6.70x15"

 

Width:

69.8"

 

Plant:

St. Louis

 

Curb Weight:

2,805 lbs. (V-8)

 

 

1955 Options:

Code Description Quantity Price
2934-6 Base Corvette Convertible, Six Cylinder Unknown $2,774.00
2934-8 Base Corvette Convertible, V8 Unknown 2,909.00
100 Directional Signals

700

16.75

101 Heater

700

91.40

102 AM Radio

700

145.15

290B Whitewall Tires

Unknown

26.90
313M Powerglide Transmission

Unknown

178.35
420A Parking Brake Alarm 700 5.65
421A Courtesy Lights 700 4.05
422A Windshield Washer 700 11.85

Serial Numbers:

VE55S001001 through VE55S001700 ("V" is omitted on Six Cylinder Models)

Base Engine:

235ci "Blue Flame" 155hp
265ci V8 195hp was an Option. Identified by a Gold "V" on both front fenders, and a 12Volt electrical system.

 

Exterior

Quantity Soft Top Wheels Interior
Polo White 325 White/Beige Red Red
Pennant Blue 45 Beige Red Dark Beige
Corvette Copper 15 White Bronze Dark Beige
Gypsy Red 180 White/Beige Red Light Beige
Harvest Gold 120 Dark Green Yellow Yellow

 

1956 Corvette

 

 

 

Wheelbase:

168"

 

Track:

57" Front / 58.8" Rear

 

Height:

51"  Over Hardtop

 

Length:

167.3"

 

Tire Size:

6.70x15"

 

Width:

70.5"

 

Plant:

St. Louis

 

Curb Weight:

2,875 lbs.

 

 

 

1956 Options:

Code Description Quantity Price
2934 Base Corvette Convertible 3,467 $3,467.00
101 Heater Unknown 123.65
102 AM Radio

2,717

198.90

107 Parking Brake Alarm

2,685

5.40

108 Courtesy Lights

2,775

8.65

109 Windshield Washer

2,815

11.85
290 Whitewall Tires

Unknown

32.30
313 Powerglide Transmission

Unknown

188.50
419 Auxiliary Hardtop 2,076 215.20
426 Power Windows 547 64.60
440 Two Tone Paint 1,259 19.40
449 Hi-Lift Camshaft 111 188.30
469 265ci 225hp Engine 2 4Bbl Carbs. 3,080 172.20
471 Rear Axle 3.27 Ratio

Unknown

0.00
473 Power Operated Folding Top 2,682 107.60

Serial Numbers:

E56S001001 through E56S004467

Base Engine:

265ci V8 210hp

Exterior Quantity Soft Top Wheels Interior
Onyx Black 810 White/Black Black Red
Aztec Copper 402 Beige/White Copper Beige
Cascade Green 290 Beige/White Green Beige
Arctic Blue 390 Beige/White Blue Beige/Red
Venetian Red 1,043 Beige/White Red Red
Polo White 532 Black/White Red/Silver Red

 

 

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