Originally Posted by big gear head
Powerglide wasn't produced until '62. Earlier aluminum 2 speed was a Turboglide from '58 to '61.
The first time the public saw Harley J. Earl's "Dream Car", the Corvette, was in January 1953 at the Motorama display at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. On June 30, 1953 the Corvette went into full production (each car was built by hand) at the GM facility in Flint, Michigan, where 300 Corvettes were built that year. All 1953 Corvettes were white with a red interior, all had Powerglide automatic transmissions mated to 150 HP, six cylinder engines with three carburetors and dual exhaust. This is the rarest Corvette. Of the 300 built, 255 are accounted for today. Due to a shortage of wheel covers, the first 25 cars were delivered with the standard Chevrolet "baby moon" passenger car wheel cover. All of the 1953 production were convertibles with black canvas tops.