Lot Number
11
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel-Injected Roadster


CHASSIS NO: E57S102166
• First year for fuel-injection
• Verified numbers matching example
• Rare desirable factory power top, power windows and Wonderbar radio
• Superb restoration in a striking color combination

283 cid OHV V-8 engine with Rochester fuel-injection rated at 283 HP, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with semi-elliptic leaf springs, live axle rear suspension with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 102”


When Chevrolet introduced the Corvette in 1953 it was somewhat of an oddity. It seemed that General Motors had thrown practicality out the window as it barely had room for two people. It was certainly not a sensible car, but no roadster ever is. Success was slow in coming for the Corvette, with only 300 built in the first year, and things didn’t improve quickly. In fact, Chevrolet contemplated terminating production of its little roadster and only changed direction when Ford introduced the two-seater Thunderbird. Chevrolet couldn’t abandon the market and instead dropped a V-8 into the Corvette for 1955. Ford’s Thunderbird still outsold the Corvette by a wide margin, but Ford also opted to enlarge the T-Bird into a personal luxury car for 1958, which left the Corvette all alone as America’s only sporty roadster. After that, the Corvette never looked back and even added optional fuel-injection for 1957. In the present day, the Chevrolet Corvette is recognized as one of the best sports cars in the world.

Offered here is a rare chapter in Corvette history, a 1957 fuel-injected example that has been fully and accurately restored and has been driven a mere 68 miles since. This is a numbers matching Corvette that was taken down to the frame and treated to a no-expense spared restoration with all components restored or replaced. Finished in Chevrolet’s attractive Onyx Black with Inca Silver Coves, this car is also one of just 43 built with a rare factory power top finished in black. Corvette styling for 1957 was unchanged from the previous year, but the big news was found under the hood with the first offering of fuel-injection. This marvel enabled the Corvette to boast one horsepower for every cubic-inch, making it one of the fastest cars on the road with a top speed of 132 mph. Other standard features for 1957 were a dual exhaust, outside rearview mirror, tachometer, and clock. This Corvette was restored in 2014 beginning with a correct car with verified numbers. The exterior is pristine with a concours level fit and finish, but what sets it apart from the crowd is the twin flags emblem in the coves that proudly announces that this is a fuel-injected car. Fuel-injection was in its infancy, but it was already showing the world that it was the way of the future. The engine compartment in this car is clean and well-sorted with correct hoses, belts, and clamps. All painted surfaces are clean and all chrome and aluminum components are nicely finished per factory specifications. Power reaches the rear wheels through a four-speed transmission and this Corvette rides on wide whitewall tires with correct Corvette stainless steel hubcaps. The interior is finished in brilliant red with faithfully recreated upholstery and fine stitching that shows no wear and presents as new. All carpeting is new and the delightful sounds of the 1950s comes alive in the optional Wonderbar radio. The large speedometer is housed directly ahead of the driver while all other gauges are center mounted. This Corvette is also fitted with power windows, an option found on very few Corvettes of this era. The restoration of a Corvette is never taken lightly. Indeed, the factual documentation exists to recreate the car just as it left the factory. This early Corvette is a car that has been faithfully restored and still retains its factory components. It comes with spare tire jack, jack handle, owner’s manual and restoration photos.

In the present day, it looks just as it did when Elvis ruled the airwaves and Marilyn Monroe reigned supreme on the silver screen. With its fine restoration and very rare options, this example is now ready to present itself for NCRS and Bloomington Gold® judging and the most discerning of owners.

1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel-Injected Roadster
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