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EX122 GALLERY, HISTORIC DOCUMENTATION, AWARDS and EVENTS.

“1952 – The EX-122 concept car, which had been in development since 1951, is officially named “Corvette'” after a type of fast warship. Sports car aficionado and GM Vice President Harley Earl is the major force behind the development of the vehicle.”

“1953 – In January, the Corvette concept car debuts at GM Motorama in New York City.”
Source: General Motors 2001 Corvette Specialists Data Book

Source: General Motors 2001 Corvette Specialists Data Book

The 1953 GM
Motorama at the Waldor Astoria in New York City opened its doors to the public
on Sat., January 17th, 1953.

“By
the time the EX122 arrived on the Motorama stage, it represented a
fiberglass-bodied sports car that was readied for production.”
Source: Bentley Publisher’s Corvette from the inside by Dave Mclellan –
Corvette’s Chief Engineer 1975-1992

“The EX122 Corvette is the first of the hand built
Corvettes.”
Source: Bloomington Gold
William Locke Director The Special Collection

Zora
  • “Zora came in thru
    the turnstiles of the Waldorf just like thousands of other patrons that January
    week.”
  • “He came across
    a little low-slung sports car from Chevrolet called EX122. It stopped him in
    his tracks.”

Duntov
became an engineer on the Corvette team in 1953 after seeing EX122 at the
Waldorf.

The first two production line built 1953 Corvettes rolled out of
the Van Slyke Flint Michigan plant in June of ’53, over five months after EX122
debuted at the Waldorf.

Vin plate

“The
serial number is EX122 which denotes
an experimentally built
automobile.”
-R.F. Sanders

“The car became a plaything for
the engineering department. The 6-cylnder engine was removed and an 8-cylinder
engine was installed, and it was used for various performance demonstrations.
It gave such a good account of itself that immediately it was decided to
abandon the 6-cylinder engine in regular Chevrolet Corvette production and
supplement it with the new 8-cylinder as standard
equipment.”
-R.F.
Sanders

O       ld Car

“I purchased
the car from
Chevrolet on April 11, 1956.”
-R.F. Sanders

“I was in charge of the experimental
department at that time and saw to it that the car was rebuilt in the very best
condition. It was repainted red, a new top and new seats installed, a new
speedometer installed, transmission was completely overhauled, safety items
were replaced and a new set of tires put on.” Source: R.F. Sanders GM
Engineer in Charge of Experimental Department

EX122 Restored to Original Motorama Apperance in
2003.

Ex122     Restored

“The completed Corvette prototype, designated EX122,
photographed in the GM Styling Auditorium on January 10, 1953.”
Source: The Complete Corvette Restoration and technical guide
vol. 1 1953-1962 by Noland Adams

 

EX122 Debut in NYC EX122 debuts at the 1953 GM
Motorama held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in
New York City.

EX122 in San Francisco
face=”Verdana” size=”2″>EX122 on tour San Francisco Motorama April 30 thru May
7, 1953, Golden Gate Bridge in background.

EX122 in              Dallas EX122 on tour Dallas Motorama May 15-24, 1953,
photographed with a Texas Rangers while in
Dallas.

EX122 Awards and Special Events

2005
Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance – GM Motorama Special Display
EX122 next
to GM Experimental Firebird Showcar
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2005-EX122 Cranbrook Concours d’Elegance – Bloomsfield,
MI
Class Winner Award
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2005-EX122 Bloomington Gold Special Collection XXI
“Great Stories”
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EX122 – 2004 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance – Amelia
Island, FL
Winner of Moet & Chandon Fashion Award
For the Best
Presentation of Fashion and the Automobile

Presented by: Latonya
Davis
Amelia Award

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EX122 – Winner
at Amelia Island Concours on Show Field

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EX122 – 2003 GM
Eyes On Design General Motors Styling Dome – Warren, MI
Best Privately
Owned Concept Vehicle

Eyes on Design Award

EX122 – Charles Kerbeck
& Miss Corvette at Podium
Accepting the Eyes on Design Gold Ribbon
& Crystal Award

Acceptance of Eyes on Design        Award
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2003 – General Motors
Corvette
50th Anniversary Celebration – Nashville, TN
50 Years –
Five Generations – One Event of a Lifetime
June 27-28, 2003
Nashville Award
Coliseum        Photo

EX122
Star of ESPN Network Television
See It On ESPN & ESPN-2’s “Road
Trip”
ESPN Show Shot

ESPN & ESPN-2
Television Air Dates:
Sunday 12/28/03 on ESPN at 4pm Est / 3pm
Cnt
Mond 01/12/04 on ESPN-2 at 4pm Est / 3pm Cnt
Sunday 01/18/04 on
ESPN at 3pm Est / 2pm Cnt

Coliseum Photo 4

EX122
Displayed at Nashville Coliseum
During GM Corvette 50th Anniversary
Celebration
Coliseum Photo
Flint Pin

SACC Shadow Box
Mural 50 Years of Corvette
Production, presented to the Kerbeck’s by
Noland Adams – June 30, 2003
Flint Shadow Box

EX122 –
Noland Adams Corvette Historian, Author, and 2003 National
Corvette
Museum Hall of Fame Inductee with George Kerbeck
at the Flint Michigan
50th Anniversary Celebration.

Noland Adams Corvette        Historian

EX122 – NCRS Year of The
’53
Presented to the Kerbeck’s In Recognition of EX122
by Gilbert
Scrivner NCRS President & Roy Sinor NCRS National Judging Chairman
NCRS Award

EX122 – 2003
NCRS National Convention Hershey, PA

NCRS Convention        in Hershey PA

2003 – EX122
Chosen as Chips Choice
At the 1953 Corvette Reunion Carlisle, PA

Chips Choice Award

EX122 on
Display in Chips Office

 Display for Chips Choice

2003 Hilton
Head Island Concours d’Elegance
EX122 Invited by General Motors

Hilton Head Island Concours dElegance

EX122 on the
show field at rs d’Elegance
Show Field at Hilton Head
Vice President of General Motors – Darwin Clark
Behind the
wheel of EX122 Motorama Corvette

EX122 Motorama Corvette
2002
– 52nd Annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – Aug. 18th, 2002

EX122 Motorama Corvette
2002 – 29th Annual Rolex Montery Historic
Automobile Races
Corvette featured marque – August 16-17th, 2002

2002- Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, Rochester, MI
Matilda & Alfred Wilson Award
Best Featured Sports Car – 50 Years
of Corvette – Styling
Mea  dow Brook Concourse

1997-
EX122 One of the first thrity three cars to be inducted
into the
Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame

Bloomington Gold        Hall of Fame

1993-EX122 Bloomington
Gold Special Collection “Motorama Gold”
Bloomington Gold Special Collection

1985 – EX122 Featured
Bloomington Gold “Special Collection II”
where it lead the
Special Collection Parade.
Bloomington Special        Collection II

The
History of the World Oldest Corvette
The following letter contains the
authentic hisory of the EX 122 in the words
of R.F. Sanders. Mr. Sanders
was the General Motors director of
Engineering and Sales in charge of the
Experimental Department.

Page1 History
Page2 History
Page3 History
1959 Bank Check written
to Russell F. Sanders from
Jack Ingle in the amount of $1000 for the
purchase in full of EX122

Check for purchase of EX122

face=”Verdana” size=”2″>EX122 Ownership
History

General Motors
EX122
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Born
1952
Sold to Russell
Sanders
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size=”2″>April 11th, 1956
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size=”2″>Sold to Jack Engle
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size=”2″>October 10th, 1959
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size=”2″>Sold to Kerbeck Chevrolet
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July
12th, 2002

face=”Verdana” size=”2″>National Corvette Museum

2003 National Corvette
Museum Bowling Green, KY

EX122 in Kerbeck Showroom

2003 – EX122 Displayed In
the Kerbeck Showroom
EX122 getting loaded on trailer

2003 – EX122 Gets Loaded
For Its Show Circuit
Motorama Show Car Tractor        Trailer
2003 – EX122 1953
Motorama Show Car Tractor Trailer

March 31, 1953 General
Motors Corporation Shareholders Quarterly Report
General Motors Corporation Shareholders Quarterly Report

Inside
the Shareholder Quarterly is pictured
the Motorama Showcar on stage at
the Waldorf
Astoria described as a Future Production Car.

Waldorf Astoria Dream Cars

1953 General
Motors Corporation Motorama

1953 General Motors        Corporation Motorama

January 22,
1953 General Motors Corporation Press Release

GM        Press Release
GM Press Release2