When it comes to significant Corvettes to be sold auctions we tend to focus on L88, Z06’s, ZR1’s, racecars, and other rare birds. This time you’ve got a chance to score something much rarer as Mecum will be offering a 1-of-43 made 1957 airbox fuelie at their monster Kissimmee auction next week in Florida.
When ordering your 1957 Corvette you had the choice of 4 fuel injected engines. Ticking off RPO 579D got you a little known option known as an “airbox” which was essentially a cold air induction system mounted to the driver side inner fender. Once production had ended just 43 fuel injected Corvettes with the airbox option had been built. When was the last time you saw one? In fact, it’s been quite some time since we’ve even featured one here on this site.
Lot F101 at Mecum Kissimmee was purchased new by Kenneth Edwards of Sports Car Graphics. He ordered every option except power windows. A 4.56:1 rear end (though a 4.11 lives out back now) and a 4-speed transmission complete the driveline. Other options include red interior, power convertible top, Wonderbar radio, and column mounted tachometer. RPO 579D equipped Corvettes also got the RPO 684 “Big Brake” package that included race-worthy springs and shocks, a heavy-duty front sway bar, quick steering adaptor, metallic brake linings, and finned brake drums. “Elephant ear” cooling scoops channeled cool air to the front brakes.
Edwards drag raced and road raced his onyx black C1 prior to selling it in 1962. Some thorough automotive archaeology revealed that the spent most of its life in the state of Iowa. In 2007 it received a Top-Flight restoration by collector Buddy Herin. Now it’s offered with a fully known ownership history, title search, letters from previous owners, and restoration photos.
What’s a Corvette like this cost? Mecum’s pre-sale estimate is $500,000-$750,000. We don’t recall any other airbox fuelies selling in this range, but you never know what could happen when you get the right bidders in one spot.
Mecum’s Kissimmee auction takes place January 6th – 15th at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.