Chevy made 300, and each was Polo White over red.
There’s a reason the 1953 Chevy Corvette is highly sought after by both collectors and enthusiasts, and it’s in the video above. GM fast-tracked the Corvette into production after it made a splash at the GM Motorama. The automaker made just 300 that first year and built each one by hand, which is on full display in the video above – a collection of home movies that chronicles the car’s production, according to the video’s description.
The video, which runs just over 22 minutes long, looks – and sounds – like it was ripped right from the VHS tapes. It opens with two men sitting at a desk before jumping to the early stages of the production process, where technicians are shown making the various fiberglass panels and parts used for the Corvette’s body. Slowly, the Corvette’s iconic body begins to take shape as the various pieces are made into subassemblies that are then joined together to give the car its final form.
GM hand-built the new Chevy because no company had yet mass-produced fiberglass. Each of the 300 produced were identical, too – Polo White over red. Throughout the video, you can see technicians triaging various imperfections, ensuring parts line up and adhere to one another correctly. There are parts of the production process missing, though. Near the end of the video, once the body is assembled, the Corvette is wheeled away only to return, painted, ready to be married to the chassis.
We don’t see any of the chassis work, nor do we see the six-cylinder engine pairing with the Powerglide automatic gearbox. Each of the 300 built was produced at a GM factory in Flint, Michigan. We also don’t get to see the iconic red interior come together, either, sadly. The video shows why these cars are so desirable, with the first 300 setting the groundwork for over 60 years of history, performance, and innovation.