Chevrolets first rework of the Corvette roadster pushed the 1956 model in a far more muscular direction than the European-inspired original. Round headlights appeared to lean forward, and the new chrome-lined coves behind the rear wheels and carried into the front doors gave it additional presence. The Corvette wasnt just about looks, either. Six-cylinder power became a thing of the past as Chevy took the new V-8 that had been optional in 1955 and made it standard for the new year. For 1957 the V-8 grew even larger toward the beginning of the model year, expanding from 265 to 283 cubic inches of displacement, and a floor-shifted, close-ratio four-speed manual transmission was added to the options list for the first time. Racing successes such as wins at the 12-hour Sebring race and the SCCA B-produchition championship had made the Corvette into a proper race on Sunday, sell on Monday performance car, and Chevrolet began to realize that its sportiest model could also be a technological flagship. Just over 6,000 1957 Corvettes were built in total.
This matching numbers example, fitted with the dual quad powered 283ci, 270hp V8 motor and four speed transmission, was one of only 664 such examples which were produced in that model year. Subject to an older “frame-off” restoration, the Corvette has been in the present ownership since 2009, after being purchased as a result of a stock sale from a German-based museum.
During his ownership our vendor has kept the car in very good driving condition, supported by bills from specialists such as Claremont Corvette (we note cosmetically there is now room for a little improvement to the paint finish to the rear of the car).
The Corvette runs well with plenty of power, and finished in the classic two-tone combination of “Venetian Red”/White with a matching red and white interior, and white convertible top, this is a good example of the first real American sports car.
Estimate: £45,000 – £55,000
€50,000 – €60,000
$55,000 – $65,000