1957 Chevrolet Corvette

1957 Corvette’s For Sale

1957 Chevrolet Corvette restyling started with the 1956 Corvette. Though its 1956 restyling had made the Corvette an undeniably attractive sports car, the real beauty of the follow up 1957 model truly was more than skin deep. All 1957 Corvettes had the new 283 cubic inch engine under their front hinged hoods. A few of them even came with fuel injection.

The 1956-1957 Corvette became more civilized with the adoption of exterior door handles and wind up windows. To many eyes, the 1956 and 1957 Corvettes are the most beautiful ever built. Apparently many customers agreed. 1957 sales went to 6246 units compared to 300 units in 1953. Prices started at $3465 for 1957.

1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
’57 Chevy Corvette’s For Sale

1957 Corvette Specifications

Chassis and Body – X-braced box section frame. Two seat roadster with body made of glass reinforced plastic. Independent front suspension. live axle. 15 inch wheels. 6.70 x 15 4 ply tires.

Dimensions – 102 inch wheelbase. 168 inch length. 51.9 inch height. 70.5 width. ground clearance 6 inches. Weight is 2850 pound.

Engine – Type OHV 90 degree V-8 water cooled cast iron block. 3.875 Bore 3.00 stroke. Displacement 283 cubic inch. 10.5:1 Compression ratio. Rochester Ramjet continous flow fuel injection. Dual exhaust. 283 horsepower. 12 volt Delco Remy ignition.

Drivetrain – 4 speed manual transmission. Hypoid semifloating rear axle. 3.70:1 rear axle ratio. Optional 3.55, 4.11 or 4.56 rear axle.

Performance – 0-50 in 4.8 seconds. 0-60 in 5.9 seconds. 14.5 seconds in the quarter mile. 135 MPH top speed.

1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
Hard to Find 1957 Chevy Corvette Parts For Sale

The great small block Chevy V-8 reached a second plateau in 1957. The 265 cubic inch V-8 introduced in 1955 was punched out to 283 cubic inch. Carbureted Corvette engines made 220, 245 and 270 horsepower, the last two with twin four barrels. Rochester Products “Ramjet” mechanical fuel injection boosted output to 250 and 283 – one horsepower per cubic inch.