1957 Corvette Super Sport Concept to be Shown at Ameila island


1957 Corvette Super Sport Concept to be Shown at Ameila island

A Corvette prototype that hasn’t been seen by the public in 60 years will roar onto the scene next week at the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida.

The white 1957 Corvette Super Sport prototype will finally be shown again on March 12 at the Amelia Island Concours, at The Golf Club of Amelia Island at the Ritz-Carlton Resort.

As part of GM’s legendary Motorama shows of the 1950s, this special Corvette made its debut in January 1957 at the New York Waldorf Astoria Auto Show, then moved on to the Chicago Auto Show, only to disappear from public view for the next six decades.

Ralph Poole of Albuquerque, New Mexico bought the prototype in 1957 from GM, then sold it in 1996 to its current owner, John Baldwin, who restored it to its original condition.

“We’ve been working on the ’57 Super Sport for the last few weeks and have it running nicely for the first time since the 1950s,” Baldwin said.

The Super Sport is notable for its racing-style twin curved windshields, unique air scoops on the doors, and stripe that runs the full length of the car. It has a fuel-injected 283/283 hp small-block V8 and a close ratio three-speed transmission.



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  1. The turned out beautiful. The story is missing some facts but interesting. This car was in my fathers (Bill Hovey) garage for over 30 years. He did an amazing job of preserving it and keeping all the parts together for all those years until he sold it in the 90’s.
    It is awesome to see the car restored and brought back to life.
    Ron Hovey

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