3 June 2007
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE FUEL INJECTED ROADSTER
Vehicle Identification No. E57S105176
Engine No. F6I2EL
Venetian red with red interior
Engine: V-8, 283ci., 283hp at 4,800rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual; Suspension: Positraction, independent front, rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel drum. Left hand drive.
America was sadly without a true sports car until Chevrolet introduced the Corvette at the 1953 Motorama Show and started production later that year. The Corvette was popular upon introduction, although not many were sold. The early Corvettes were lower and sportier than any other car on the market, but they still lacked the innovative technology necessary to break open the market. Starting in 1955, Corvettes carried a V-8 engine which improved their performance, but their styling badly needed updating. Ford was producing the Thunderbird and it both out-styled and out-performed the Corvette. In order for Chevy to combat the T-bird and beat Ford in the sales wars, they needed to transform the Corvette into a serious sports car. In 1956 designer Harley Earl made a full-scale clay model of the new Corvette that was immediately approved by GM management. It was the car of the American dream. The distinctive coves were taken from a 1955 Motorama exercise called the La Salle II and became the trademark of the Vette through the fifties. Many greatly needed improvements were made, such as a better fitting and optionally motorized convertible top. The rear fenders were brought forward, thus exposing the lights. Chevy used real glass windows and even offered a power option. Every part of this car showed classic beauty, as it was styled more creatively than its predecessors, yet not as crazily as the Corvettes to come.
Believing that great looks are not everything, Chevrolet made vast improvements under the hood as well. For 1957, the engine became the hottest of all. It was bored out to 283 cubic inches with three options. The base engine had 220 horsepower and with fuel injection it produced 250bhp, while with dual 4-barrels it generated 283hp. In May of that year the fuel injection option was increased to a 1:1 horsepower to cubic inch ratio. The 1:1 was just what Chevrolet needed to beat the competition, both in the market and on the track.
This 1957 "Fuelie" is a rare and wonderful car. Finished in Venetian Red with a red interior and sporting the venerable 283/283 horsepower fuel injected engine, it features the highly desirable four-speed transmission only available on the later 1957 cars. The numbers for the engine, transmission, fuel injection unit and the rear end are all correct for late-1957.
This superb car was in the hands of a well-known west coast Corvette collector from the early 1970's until recently. While in his care it was restored from the ground-up to the highest NCRS standards. We have been advised this car has also had a recent and documented mechanical service by a marque specialist. There are few better examples of Fuelies than this car and it is ready today to gobble up country roads with complete confidence.
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