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Chevrolet

1957 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE


$ 195,000

THE STORY

General Motors designer Harley Earl is credited with convincing GM to build a two-seat sports car for the American market.

Launched in 1953, the resulting Chevrolet Corvette quickly earned the mantle of “America’s Sport’s Car” and the model is still produced today.

1957 was the fifth year of production for the V8 models and the engine displacement was increased to 283 cubic inches (4.6 litres).

For the first time mechanical fuel injection option was available – this was a major technological advancement – Jaguar, Porsche, Farrari and Lamborghini did not develop fuel injection until the 1970s or later.

In April 1957, GM introduced a 4-speed manual transmission and only 664 were equipped with this option. There was also an RPO 684 option - racing suspension – and only 51 owners ticked the box on that one.

All Corvette bodies were manufactured in fibreglass giving a fantastic power to weight ratio that enhanced spirited driving.

All 1957 Corvettes were convertibles and buyers had a choice of either a convertible top, hard top or both – it was possible to buy a convertible Corvette with hard top only!

Only 6,339 Corvettes were sold in 1957 and it is estimated that around 1,200 now remain.

THE CAR

The car offered here is a beautiful and rare example of the early C1 Corvette.

To hand is the original sales invoice from 1957 and books.

Finished in stunning Onyx Black with Silver cove and Red vinyl waffle pattern interior, this is one classy Corvette. The car has both hard and soft tops.

Fitted with the highly desirable 283 ci V8 – 245 HP with twin four-barrel carburettors, this a fast and fun driver’s car.

The engine is strong, transmission smooth and it is an absolute joy to drive. A front-end disc brake conversion has been undertaken and a dual brake master cylinder installed. This car has the Posi-traction differential option.

The dash is and instrument panels are beautifully laid out and the car has a heater and the optional AM/FM radio.

A rolling work of art and a continually appreciating investment.

SPECIFICS

BODY: Convertible

ENGINE: 283ci (245 HP) V8 

FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM:  Twin 4 Barrel Carburettors

TRANSMISSION: 4-Speed Manual  

BRAKES:  Disc Front, Drum Rear

PAINT: Onyx Black

TRIM: Red Vinyl Waffle Pattern

VIN: E57S102804

CONDITION: Excellent

MILEAGE: 108 miles