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CARLISLE PA EXPO CENTER - 400 consignments are anticipated for Spring Carlisle with Carlisle Auctions. The auction starts at 12 noon daily and with three convenient ways to bid: by phone, online and in-person.
The Spring Carlisle Collector Car Auction is at the Carlisle PA Expo Center. 400+ consignments are anticipated to cross the block. The auction starts at 12 noon daily and with three convenient ways to bid (phone, online and in-person) plus decades of automotive history available, consider Carlisle Auctions for your automotive buying/selling needs. The expert team with Carlisle Auctions will work with you to assure proper placement and expected pricing for your consignment.
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Carlisle Auctions is no stranger to big-time consignments and the trend continues in April at the Carlisle Expo Center as part of its two-day classic and collector car auction. Up for grams, a 1953 Corvette, one of just 300 built some 70 years ago. A '53 today is rare. Rarer yet is one available for sale!
Built in October of 1953, this ’53 was delivered by Tom Hoskins of Hoskins Chevrolet in Chicago to a prominent man of the time, Cyrus Rowlett (C.R.) Smith. Mr. Smith was the founder and CEO of American Airlines from 1934-1968 and again from 1973-74. Smith also served his country, both as a Major General and as the wartime deputy commander of the Air Transport Command during World War II. He also served under President Lyndon B. Johnson as the United States Secretary of Commerce. Mr. Smith is regarded as one of the titans of U.S. airline history and when he passed in 1990, was laid to rest within the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.
In addition, Mr. Smith was very close with the Roosevelt family, specifically first-lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her son Elliott. Smith aided Mrs. Roosevelt frequently with travel plans and even introduced Elliott to his second wife, serving as best man at their wedding.
While the car has changed hands multiple times since Mr. Smith’s ownership, there is meticulous documentation of its ownership record. Its engine number is 535454 and there are many original elements to the car too, including valve cover (one of 305 produced), 3836066 special Corvette cylinder head, body, and specially engineered open drive shaft two-speed power glide automatic transmission, which was all-new for the Corvette only. The ’53 also retains its original vacuum bag molded fiberglass body made by Lunn Laminates of Huntington, New York which is currently adorned by a 2019 repaint in acrylic lacquer formulated in the Delaware factory of E. I. du Pont de Nemours.
Call 717-960-6400 or visit CarlisleAuctions.com to learn more about this '53 and the 400+ other consignments scheduled for the April 20-21 auction. Bid in person, on the phone, or online. The auction starts at 12 p.m. each day.
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