1957 Chevrolet Corvette

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1957
  • Mileage 
    81 946 mi / 131 880 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    E57S102958
  • Engine number 
    3731548B277
  • Lot number 
    590
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Onyx Black
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual

Description

You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between 16th and 30th July. Please contact Lionel on 07831 574381 / [email protected] to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail. The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.St Louis-built in early 1957. Fitted with a283bhp, 4.6-litre V8 and manual gearboxRestored in 1996 bythe world-renowned Glen Vaughn Restorations fromPost Falls, IdahoFinished in Onyx Black with a fabulous bright red interior, the whole car is spectacularAll major components are 'year-correct' stamped in accordance with 1957 factory numberingThis Corvette is one of the most exacting and best restorations Silverstone Auctions hasever seenChevrolet pulled something amazing out of the hat for 1957: fuel injection. First trialled in 1956 at Sebring, the Rochester Ramjet injection was a response to Mercedes-Benz, which featured fuel-injection in the 1954 300SL. The innovation solved a fuel starvation problem caused by fuel moving to one side of the float chamber when cornering hard and allowing air into the system. Not a problem on the road as it was almost impossible to maintain the prolonged lateral forces generated by race conditions. The fuel injection system also enabled Chevrolet to gain bragging-rights by achieving, for the first time in a standard road car, 1 hp per cubic inch of displacement with their 283 cu.inch,/ 283 hp engine.To keep this development in perspective, consider this; almost all of the high-priced, supposedly advanced competition, including Jaguar, Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini, did not utilise fuel injection until the 1970s or later in their road cars. At $484.20, this one option added over 15% to the price of an entire Corvette. Buyers found it irresistible, however, with 1,040 ticking the box on the order form in '57. Current Corvette enthusiasts would acknowledge that in terms of desirability, there is a premium for a "Fuelie" (as they are often called), compared to their more mundane carburetted cousins.This fabulous example was built in the St. Louis Missouri plant in late February 1957 fitted with the 283bhp, 4.6-litre V8 and three-speed manual transmission. The car wasrestored in 1996 by Glen Vaughn Restorations, a world-renowned top-end business in Post Falls Idaho,who have a reputation for carrying out the whole process in house and only outsource really specialised components. Now finished in gleaming Onyx Black with an immaculate BrightRed interior, the quality of the restoration is evident by the fact that the Corvette remains at a 'Concours' level of presentation. Without a doubt, this Corvette is one of the most exacting and best restorations Silverstone Auctions hasever seen. It's just beautiful and is totally year-correct with every component from the engine, gearbox, back axle etc. being correctly numbered as from the factory. Everything, right down to the unique distributor and coil is correct and the build quality is almost beyond comparison.This stunning Corvette would grace any world event and is simplya beautiful piece of automotive history to drive and enjoy.Early Corvettes are becoming seriously cool and this lovely example, in this colour combination, and in this condition is verging on 'Polar'.You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between 16thand 30thJuly. Please contact Lionelon 07831 574381/[email protected] to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail.The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.