For the last 47 years, a 1957 Corvette with fuel injection has been a part of Richard Huxley’s life. In this cinematic-style video from HeavyMetalConcepts, the long-time owner shares his experiences and what he likes doing the best with the car.
Richard’s 1957 Corvette was built late in the model year and came with the 4-speed manual transmission that was introduced mid-way through 1957 production. The Fuelie was of the 283/250 variety and some owner before him swapped out the cam to make it the 283/283 V8. Richard also had custom side pipes made for the car and he says “they’re extremely loud. But that’s part of the fun.”
He purchased the car in 1971 and says that he practically grew up with the car. “I’ve had it most of my life, and it isn’t the car to use every day but the very few times a year that I do use it… it’s so much fun.”
At times the video cuts to Richard behind the wheel on a lonely two-lane road. Here he shares some of the wisdom picked up in a well-lived life: “You know, I’ve never understood why people with convertibles think that they’re out of season from October to April there’s nothing more fun than to take a car like that and drive it in winter and in cold weather with the top down, the windows open, and the heater goin. I guess you have to have an aptitude for that kind of an experience. It’s fun. It’s fun.”
The car is a little rough in places with peeling paint on the exterior and we caught a towel covering his seat. His wife actually bought him an interior restoration kit back in 1984 but he’s never even taken it out of the box. Richard will drive the ’57 Fuelie to car gatherings and everybody is always asking him when he’s going to restore it. He says “why?” I just like driving it like this.”
“It’s an investment I suppose of sorts, if I ever bring myself to part with it, but but that’s not anything to do with why I do anything to it. ” he says and continues, “Any of the cars that I have I do stuff for me. You don’t do it for who you’re gonna sell it to next, or who gets it next, they can do what they want. Like this one, I go to cruise night, things like that and people will walk around and look at it… if somebody wants to put that thing back to stock, it’ll be somebody after me.”