You can own a virtually brand new 1953 Chevy Corvette, thanks to an owner who hid the car away for nearly 40 years — take a look at the $250,000 piece of history

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You can own a virtually brand new 1953 Chevy Corvette, thanks to an owner who hid the car away for nearly 40 years — take a look at the $250,000 piece of history

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars

  • A rare 1953 Chevy Corvette is up for sale after being hidden in storage for nearly 40 years. 

  • The car is one of only 300 ´Vettes built in 1953, the model´s first production year. 

  • The car shows only 5,800 miles, which is astonishing for a car of its age. 

  • It´s being sold through Classic Promenade in Arizona for an asking price of $249,800. 

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An exceptionally rare, barely driven 1953 Chevy Corvette is up for sale after being hidden away in a garage for close to 40 years. 

The immaculate ´Vette — which is asking $249,800 through Classic Promenade, a dealership in Arizona — shows just 5,800 miles on the odometer and is one of only 300 Corvettes built in 1953, the model´s first production year. 

Not only is the car rare and significant, it also has quite the backstory, according to its selling dealer. A 20-year-old Lyle Hill bought the car in 1962, drove it for a few years, and then tucked it away in storage for the better part of the next four decades, which helps explain how the nearly 70-year-old car boasts such astonishingly low mileage. 

The stunning, not-so-regular Corvette for sale was brought to our attention by the YouTube channel Regular Car Reviews. Take a closer look at the car below. 

After spending most of its life hidden away in a garage, an immaculate 1953 Chevy Corvette is up for sale for $250,000.

You can own a virtually brand new 1953 Chevy Corvette, thanks to an owner who hid the car away for nearly 40 years — take a look at the $250,000 piece of history

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars

The ´Vette is one of only 300 that were built in 1953, the sports car´s first production year.

You can own a virtually brand new 1953 Chevy Corvette, thanks to an owner who hid the car away for nearly 40 years — take a look at the $250,000 piece of history

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars

It only has 5,800 miles on the odometer, so it´s essentially brand new when it comes to mileage.

You can own a virtually brand new 1953 Chevy Corvette, thanks to an owner who hid the car away for nearly 40 years — take a look at the $250,000 piece of history

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars

It´s believed to be the lowest-mileage 1953 ´Vette in existence, according to the selling dealer, Classic Promenade in Arizona.

You can own a virtually brand new 1953 Chevy Corvette, thanks to an owner who hid the car away for nearly 40 years — take a look at the $250,000 piece of history

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars

The Corvette was barely driven in its 67-year lifetime, since it was kept in a garage for nearly four decades.

You can own a virtually brand new 1953 Chevy Corvette, thanks to an owner who hid the car away for nearly 40 years — take a look at the $250,000 piece of history

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars

Its long-term owner, Lyle Hill, bought the car secondhand in 1962 and drove it for four years.

You can own a virtually brand new 1953 Chevy Corvette, thanks to an owner who hid the car away for nearly 40 years — take a look at the $250,000 piece of history

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars

Hill tucked the ´Vette away in storage in the mid 1960s, with the intention of restoring it ...

You can own a virtually brand new 1953 Chevy Corvette, thanks to an owner who hid the car away for nearly 40 years — take a look at the $250,000 piece of history

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars

... but didn´t get around to it until the early 2000s.

You can own a virtually brand new 1953 Chevy Corvette, thanks to an owner who hid the car away for nearly 40 years — take a look at the $250,000 piece of history

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars

In the meantime, Hill became well known in the Corvette community as an expert and a source for rare components.

You can own a virtually brand new 1953 Chevy Corvette, thanks to an owner who hid the car away for nearly 40 years — take a look at the $250,000 piece of history

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars

Eventually, Hill had the car meticulously restored in time for the model´s 50th anniversary in 2003.

You can own a virtually brand new 1953 Chevy Corvette, thanks to an owner who hid the car away for nearly 40 years — take a look at the $250,000 piece of history

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars

After Hill´s death in 2014, the car´s new owner restored it even further, to period specifications.

You can own a virtually brand new 1953 Chevy Corvette, thanks to an owner who hid the car away for nearly 40 years — take a look at the $250,000 piece of history

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars

The car is finished in the original Polo White livery ...

You can own a virtually brand new 1953 Chevy Corvette, thanks to an owner who hid the car away for nearly 40 years — take a look at the $250,000 piece of history

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars

... and has its correct tires, red wheels, and hubcaps.

You can own a virtually brand new 1953 Chevy Corvette, thanks to an owner who hid the car away for nearly 40 years — take a look at the $250,000 piece of history

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars

Plus, the car is fitted with a gorgeous red vinyl interior and carpeting.

You can own a virtually brand new 1953 Chevy Corvette, thanks to an owner who hid the car away for nearly 40 years — take a look at the $250,000 piece of history

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars

It also comes with a black convertible canvas top stowed away in its storage compartment.

You can own a virtually brand new 1953 Chevy Corvette, thanks to an owner who hid the car away for nearly 40 years — take a look at the $250,000 piece of history

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars

The car has a "Blue Flame" straight-six engine paired with a two-speed automatic gearbox, and Classic Promenade believes the drivetrain to be original.

You can own a virtually brand new 1953 Chevy Corvette, thanks to an owner who hid the car away for nearly 40 years — take a look at the $250,000 piece of history

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars

The seller notes that the tachometer and clock aren´t working, which is a bit odd for a $250,000 car. But that´s likely a small price to pay for such a rare and significant piece of automotive history.

You can own a virtually brand new 1953 Chevy Corvette, thanks to an owner who hid the car away for nearly 40 years — take a look at the $250,000 piece of history

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Promenade Classic Cars

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