<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN

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1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster

Sold for US$ 106,400 inc. premium
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster
Chassis no. E57S103654
Engine no. F328EN

283ci OHV V8 Engine
Rochester Mechanical Fuel Injection
283bhp at 6,200rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Top-of-the-line Fuel Injected Corvette with factory 4-speed manual gearbox
*Expertly restored by Glenn Vaughn with receipts totaling over $160,000
*Striking Onyx Black over Venetian Red livery
*The ultimate 1950s American sportscar


THE CORVETTE FUELIE

Back in 1953, Chevrolet's launch of a two-seater sports car was a radical departure for a marque hitherto associated almost exclusively with sensible family transport. Based on the 1952 EX-122 show car, the Corvette made use of existing GM running gear and a shortened chassis frame, around which was wrapped striking Harley Earl-styled fiberglass coachwork. Motive power came from Chevrolet's 235 cubic inch overhead-valve straight six and, unusually for a sports car, there was automatic transmission, a feature that attracted much adverse criticism at the time. Intended as competition for the T-Series MG, the Corvette cost way above the target figure, ending up in Jaguar XK120 territory but with an inferior performance. Sales were sluggish initially and the model came close to being axed, surviving thanks to Chevrolet's need to compete with Ford's Thunderbird. A V8 engine for 1955 and a radical restyle for '56 consolidated the 'Vette's position in the market.

Chevrolet's introduction of the option of fuel injection for the 1957 season was inspired for it provided the now bored out 283 cubic inch V8 with a matched number of horses under the hood. It was first tested as a solution to gas 'sloshing' of carburetor aspirated cars turning into bends under race conditions at Sebring in 1956, and then rolled out as an option for the next production season. Retrospectively it is amazing to think that Chevrolet was able to offer this contemporaneously with Mercedes-Benz's 300SL, while on other high-end machinery it would be more than a decade before this would be the commonplace. And all at once, the term 'fuelie' was born.

By this time, Corvettes had begun to establish an enviable competition record for the marque. Corvette Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov was a big fan of auto racing and it was he that was responsible for unlocking the car's innate potential and development it into a genuine race-winner. These racing successes repaid Chevrolet's investment with interest: Corvette sales improved significantly, ensuring the car's survival and enabling it to go on to become the world's best-selling and longest-lived sports car. In 1957, 6,339 Corvettes were produced, but only 714 were ordered with the RPO (Regular Production Order) 579B option box ticked for the $484.20 Ramjet fuel injected V8 that delivered one horsepower for every cubic inch of engine capacity. It's little wonder so few were ordered given that a base Corvette retailed for $3,176.32.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Offered here is a spectacular example of the classic 1957 Corvette, factory-equipped with the desirable Fuel Injection engine, and sports-oriented 4-speed manual engine. By decoding the car's chassis number, it is revealed that the Corvette was completed in April of 1957 at the St. Louis, MO-based GM plant. The Corvette's early history remains unknown but accompanying the sale of the car are restoration receipts totaling over $161,000, for a spectacular restoration carried out the by the specialists at from Glenn Vaughn Restorations in Post Falls, Idaho. Here, the car's exterior was finished in period-correct Onyx Black, with the coves in same solid color, giving the high-performance Corvette Fuelie a very sporting look. The interior was neatly trimmed in appropriate Venetian Red and topped by a classic Wonder Bar radio.

In the care of the present owner - a Utah-based collector of exceptional sports cars - the Corvette has been carefully maintained and kept in excellent shape. Between the clean design of the '57 Corvette, with its elegant lines, classic single headlights, and scalloped front quarters, combined with the power of the most spirited engine available, this Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster ranks near the top of the most collectible Corvettes ever produced.
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<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
<b>1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. E57S103654<br />Engine no. F328EN
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