In 1956 Chevrolet introduced a restyled Corvette that was a complete departure from earlier models. The new Corvettes gave the American sports car a new identity that was much more sporting. They were fast, sleek, and extremely clean in their appearance. Recognized by collectors as benchmark years in Corvette styling, the 1956 and 1957 models generally draw the most attention at shows and events nationwide.
By 1957, Corvettes were offered in many configurations. Now more than ever, customers had the daunting task of weighing all the options and choosing the right car. The 283-ci powerplant was available with two different fuel injection options and two different four-barrel carburetors. Furthermore, the appearance, though not really changed from the 1956 models, was spruced up with added colors, tops, and power accessory options. Nevertheless, it was true to the Corvette ideal in every way.
The 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie Convertible offered here is fitted with the rare and desirable fuel injected V8 rated at 283 hp. This matching-numbers California car has traveled just 18 miles since completion of a no-expense-spared, body-off restoration. All mechanical and cosmetic systems were given everything they needed and the finished product is better than new. The restoration was fully documented and the engine was dyno tested and broken in by a GM engineer.
This stunning Corvette is finished in Onyx Black with silver coves, a red interior, and black soft and hard tops. It is fitted with the optional (and working) clock, rare four-speed close ratio transmission, parking brake alarm, and correct whitewall tires. Like most cars ordered with “go-fast” options, the radio was deleted. The first-year “Fuelies” are among the most collectible and valuable.