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Old 12-27-2010, 09:29 AM   #1
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Default Buster Dobb's 1953 Corvette



I've mentioned my affinity for Corvettes before here on The Jalopy Journal. Typically I fall for race inspired varieties, but it's hard to deny the likability of the Dobbs '53. Hell, I've probably even covered the car before, but recently I stumbled ...

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Old 12-27-2010, 09:32 AM   #2
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Very interesting! Thanks for posting!
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:39 AM   #3
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Always good to see that car, cant get enough!
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:40 AM   #4
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that rear fin shot stirred my memory
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:45 AM   #5
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Good looking car that i don't think have ever seen before
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:45 AM   #6
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I fell in love with it when it was first featured in the magazines. Customs were getting pretty gaudy (IMHO) at that time and this one is so subtle but so attractive to my eye.
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:13 AM   #7
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That's sweet!
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:17 AM   #8
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Wow, that little thing is cool! The side profile shot is rad.. I'm not in love with the lights, but they just work!! Neat car
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:20 AM   #9
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There have been quite a few custom corvettes that I like in the past. This one is a nice representation of doing it right. THings like those lincoln headlights could have gotten out of hand very quickly but the builder did it right. For 1959 it's definitely way off the mark for where sports cars were heading but in terms of custom cars it's right in line. Love it!
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:21 AM   #10
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I've never cared for "customized Corvettes" but this one is really cool. Anyone know the story with the engine? It would have to be one of the earliest (but probably not the first) 53/54 Vettes to get a small block.

Ryan mentioned it was restored in 2003, so I'd imagine that the engine is the same configuration as it was when built in '59. It'd be interesting to hear more history.
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:02 AM   #11
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back in the late 70's or early 80's there was an early Vette with similar modifications in an apartment complex parking lot near me. I never saw it on the street. I wish I had taken a picture... it was orange with a straight axle and "Gasser" stance. every time I see one like this I wonder if it is the same one redone.

that one really looks like it.
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:36 AM   #12
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That's one bitchin' car....
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:45 AM   #13
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Not a big Vette fan but I would roll it!! DEFINATELY!
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:20 PM   #14
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Wasn't it a N.C. car at one time. I thought the guy's brother had a purple and flamed 56 Chevy also, Watson style. I like this Vette.
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:28 PM   #15
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I recently saw pictures on line of what they started with for the restoration- wasn't pretty. Wish I saved the link. That is a great car. Seems like back in the day it would have run something other than the stock hubcaps. I know it was featured in one of the little pages magazines- think it had a different paint scheme back then as well.
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:24 PM   #16
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BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL VETTE!!!! I was raised up at NCRS events and this would make the NCRS guys cringe being a 53 (first year and extremely rare) ....but I LOVE IT!!!! Cant get enough of this car!
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Old 12-27-2010, 02:07 PM   #17
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It was covered in R&C after the resto. Also went through Barrett jackson a few years back.
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Old 12-27-2010, 02:23 PM   #18
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Default Re: Buster Dobb's 1953 Corvette

I saw a very similar car in a museum in Daytona in the early 90's. Could it have been the same one before the restoration?

I thought the one I saw had a fresh/nice paint job on it. I may have an old picture somewhere. I know I took a ton because it was such a cool car. The one I saw may have had more white in it.
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Old 12-27-2010, 02:33 PM   #19
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OK, I found a single photo of it. It was at the Klassix car museum in Daytona Florida. The photo I have is exactly how it looks above with shiney new paint.

Btw, I've just confirmed that I'm a little too obsesed with this hobby if I remember seeing this car 15 years ago. I was 18 years old and probably half drunk and smoked up at the time.
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Old 12-27-2010, 02:37 PM   #20
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One of the early modified vettes that didn't make a mess out of the car. Love that grille treatment.

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