Corvette 53'Commemorative Edition...
Advanced Automotive Technologies in Rochester Hills, MI, is a design and prototype company specializing in automotive products for the automotive OEM's and their suppliers since 1988, and was founded by its owner Steve Pasteiner in 1988.
A graduate of Art Center College of Design, Steve spent 22 years with General Motors Design staff, eventually becoming the Assistant Chief Designer for Buick 2 studios and later Chevrolet 1 , before leaving to establish Advanced Automotive Technologies.
Also in January of 1953, Harley Earl unveiled what would become one of the most storied car lines in American history.
The Corvette, America's first European-inspired sports car, dazzled people at the GM Motorama display at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York.
After a 1951 concept-car appearance as a Nomad wagon, the '53 model debuted as a white convertible featuring a Blue-Flame 235 six-cylinder with three carbs, a Powerglide transmission, and dual exhaust.
Though the car left some wanting more, it wouldn't be until 1955 that Duntov and Earl would put the new 265 V-8 in the fiberglass roadster, starting a tradition of horsepower and performance in GM and Chevrolet's flagship nameplate.
Flash forward 50 years to 2003. The half-century anniversary of the Corvette had Vette enthusiasts eagerly anticipating what Chevrolet would unveil to mark this historic moment.
Those eager with anticipation soon became nauseous with disappointment, as the 50th Anniversary Corvette was unveiled as nothing more than a C5 with special red paint, badges, and some other unimpressive additions.
Many Corvette loyalists thought the 50th year should have been marked with a Corvette reminiscent of the '53, something that paid proud tribute to the first true American sports car.
1953/2003 Commemorative Edition combines the retro styling of the original 1953 Corvette with the modern power and comforts of todays Corvette.
By blending the classic styling of the 1950's with performance, comfort, and technology of the 21st century, the 1953-2003 Commemorative Edition is based on a customer provided Chevrolet Corvette C5 convertible but could also be converted using a Corvette Hardtop (not hatchback).
All new body panels are installed using the same attachment locations as production panels.
A small recess cut into the rear trunk inner fiberglass to clearance the new deck lid contours is the only modification to production vehicle.
There are no structural modifications.
All safety related items remain intact.
Advanced Automotive Technologies built the original show car and was a major contributor to the design. It is not an officially endorsed vehicle by General Motors.
The vehicle Production of the 1953-2003 Commemorative Edition has begun, and to date we have delivered 155 vehicles.