Used 1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet CorvetteIt is indisputable that the Chevrolet Corvette is one of the great icons of American motoring and in their 70 years of production, the C1 built between 1956 and 1962 may be the most significant. During this era, the Corvette began its evolution from a grand touring Thunderbird competitor to a legitimate world-class sports car. Gone was the standard Blue Flame inline-6 and in its place, increasingly powerful V8s, bigger brakes, and manual transmission in the place of the previously standard automatic. This 1957 checks all boxes to be one of the highest-performance variants available at the time and is presented in stunning condition.In 1957, Chevrolet built just 3,467 Corvettes, making it one of the lowest production years in the model's history. The standard motor was a 283ci V8 which could then be upgraded with rare options like dual four-barrel carburetors or a Rochester fuel injection system for more power. These engines would then be paired to either a 3-speed manual as standard or for an extra charge, an automatic or 4-speed manual. It is clear that whoever first ordered this Corvette put considerable thought into the specification, optioning it with both the dual four-barrel carbs and the particularly uncommon 4-speed manual gearbox, making this one of the most fun-to-drive variants available at the time. Additionally, during this car's restoration, power steering was added which makes the car far more enjoyable to drive but can easily be removed if you are looking for peak originality.One of the hallmarks of this generation Corvette is the beautiful colors offered and how they pair with the contrasting cove and the chrome around the vehicle. This example is finished in stunning Cascade Green with a white cove and comes with both a cloth convertible top, and a matching hard top. The combination of Cascade Green with a beige interior makes this example one of just 550 produced for 1957 and given the long list of other options, it is sure to be even rarer than that.The long list of optional extras available on Corvettes of this era meant that each buyer could tailor a car to fit their needs and wants. A big motor and few options would be great for someone looking to take their car to the race track, while an automatic and numerous comfort features could be added if you were looking for more of a touring car. In the case of this car, it falls somewhere in the middle. Equipped from the factory with a cabin heater, windshield wipers, and a parking brake light, this car is well set up for the enthusiast who wants a fun roadster that could be used every day. More recently, a period-correct looking Retrosound AM/FM radio was installed and to emphasize the restorer's attention to detail, the correct original style radio shielding was added to the distributor of the car to stop any interference.The 1956-1962 C1 Corvette is a prefect representative for the golden age of American cars. Beautiful, fast and timeless design, there is a reason that these cars have been so coveted for decades. This 1957 example is absolutely stunning in person and it is clear the restoration on it was carried out by a true marque expert who was set on making this into one of the best out there. Thanks to its unique color combination, it will grab attention anywhere and fits the bill perfectly for a first classic or as the addition to any collection.Watch a walkaround video here...Standard Features * 283 ci V8 * 4-Speed Automatic Transmission * Live Rear Axle * Independent Front Suspension * Four-Wheel Drum Brakes * 150-MPH Speedometer * Manual WindowsFor more information on this 1957 Chevrolet Corvette, or any of our 100+ High-Performance, Exotic and Special Interest cars always in stock, contact one of our friendly and knowledgeable sales consultants or always feel free to drop by our 40,000+ sq ft of Indoor Showrooms in Bellevue, WA - Home of an Exciting Inventory of Luxury, Exotic, High Performance and Collectible Automobiles. With 150+ Always On Site, Nobody Has What We Have!