20 - 21 January 2011
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel-Injected Roadster
To be auctioned on Friday, January 21, 2011
Sold for $115,500
- Chassis no. E57S102327
- From the Jerry Peterson Early Corvette Collection
- Recently awarded NCRS Top Flight honors
- One of just 1,040 fuel-injected Corvettes for 1957
Following on the heels of the “dual quad” small-block V-8 engines offered for the 1956 Corvette, the big news for 1957 came in the form of the enlarged 283-cubic inch V-8, which was destined to become a high-performance icon. The top-level unit combined a Rochester mechanical fuel injection unit, a compression increase and a high-lift mechanical camshaft, good for 283 rated horsepower. Just 1,040 Corvettes were equipped with the “fuelie” option for 1957, which added $450 to the Corvette’s base price of $3,465. Fuel-injected Corvettes were capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds en route to top speeds exceeding 130 mph, depending on rear-end gearing. On the racetrack, relentless development by Zora Arkus-Duntov and Chevrolet’s growing pipeline of racing parts quickly helped the Corvette rise to dominance in SCCA road-racing circles.
Equipped with the powerful, free-revving 283-cubic inch, 283-hp fuel-injected V-8, a desirable three-speed manual transmission and a Posi-Traction limited-slip rear axle, this 1957 Corvette is finished in Cascade Green with beige side coves, trimmed with beige upholstery. It received a complete nut-and-bolt restoration, which was finished about two years ago. The car’s condition remains excellent throughout, with immaculate paintwork. Its correctness and the high quality of its restoration were recently confirmed in October 2010, with the achievement of Top Flight honors in NCRS judging. Offered complete with such desirable accessories as a heater/defroster, optional windshield washers and a Wonderbar signal-seeking AM radio, this fuel-injected Corvette is an outstanding example throughout, offered from the respected early Corvette collection of Jerry Peterson.
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