Our 1953-2003 Commemorative Edition Corvette Story
Duke & Tessa Henderson - Port Tobacco, Maryland
I purchased the donor car new Dec.1997. Was waiting for GM to do something for 50 years to purchase a new one. I then saw the 53 Commemorative in Vette Magazine. I signed my agreement with AAT on Nov.19th 2002 and shipped the car to AAT 12/19/2002. It was returned to me by Steve's son (Steven) in April 2003 as CE#23.
Every place I show up driving the car or just curising down the highway be it my home in Maryland or Florda, people just go crazy to know about the car!
I was at the Barret-Jackson auction in Florida last year just looking at other cars with my car parked close to the show. People would say why would I be looking at other cars when I already had the hottest car there!
That's why I decided to put the new Z06 motor in the car: 50th small block in the 50th car.
Webmaster note: Duke is modifiying his CE DRAMATICALLY! Here it is before the modifications:
..and here are shots of the modifications:
March 26, 2006
Here's an update on our project. We got it started! We got the battery relocation done and some other misc items, now just waiting on some chrome engine bolts and some billet pulleys that we're going to fab up this week. We should be able to get the front clip on this weekend if everything goes right.
Here are some early some early teaser shots.. A lot of this came back off in the past couple weeks to make way for the engine bay dressing:
March 17, 2007
We took our “Bad ’53” to the dyno today. She put down 536rwhp / 508rwtq; not too shabby for a car with 3.90 gears, heavy 20” wheels and no tuning (yet) :)
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We’ve entered the car in two car shows besides Carlisle (we forgot to register it there) and have taken home two show trophies. We plan on touring the car all over this spring/summer including the GM Wixom plant open house in July.
April 28, 2007
We just picked up our fourth trophy out of four shows entered this season. We're planning on bringing the car out to the Wixom open house this year.
These photos are from the SuperChevy show:
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