While the original Corvettes of 1953–54 were more suited to stylish cruising, a performance boost quickly followed, thanks to Zora Arkus-Duntov, who skillfully guided the Corvette’s transformation into a potent sports car. The addition of the powerful, small-block 265-ci V8 engine in 1955 was a welcome first step in the process, while a major exterior restyling for 1956 provided a much-needed kick on the showroom floor.
Although the 1957 Corvette remained virtually identical in appearance to 1956, the big news came in the form of the enlarged 283-ci small-block V8 engine, destined to become a performance icon. The highest specification benefited from a Rochester mechanical fuel injection unit, a compression increase, and a high-lift mechanical camshaft, good for 283 hp. As a result, the 1957 Corvette famously became just the second American production car to develop one horsepower per cubic inch of displacement (the first was the 1956 Chrysler 331-ci Hemi, which put out 355 hp).
Just 1,040 Corvettes were equipped with the fuel-injection option for 1957, and they were capable of acceleration from 0–60 mph in six seconds, en route to top speeds approaching 130 mph. These cars quickly became favorites of sports car racers, who recognized that the fuel-injection system provided a precise, surge-free fuel supply to the engine during competition. A growing list of heavy-duty suspension and braking options was also available, and very soon, the Corvette began dominating SCCA events.
Equipped with the impressive 283-ci/283-hp, fuel-injected V8 engine, this 1957 Corvette is a former NCRS Top Flight award-winning example that continues to benefit from its older body-off restoration. While fuel-injected early Corvettes are already quite rare, the car offered here is even more so, being one of 664 Corvettes equipped with the new-for-1957 4-speed manual transmission, as well as one of just 327 examples equipped with a 3:70:1 Positraction rear axle.
Other desirable attributes include a turquoise exterior finish with white coves, a tan convertible top, a 6,000-rpm tachometer, a Wonderbar pushbutton-operated AM radio, full bright wheel covers, body-color steel wheels, and wide whitewall tires. Offered complete with an original owner’s manual, this fuelie 1957 Corvette is one of the greatest performance icons ever to come from Detroit.