1957 was a big year for Corvette. Its transformation from ho-hum 6-cylinder cruiser to America’s Sportscar continued with the addition of fuel injection and a 4-speed transmission. With four flavors to choose from, a little over 1,000 of the 6,339 Corvettes built that year left St. Louis with a fuelie engine upfront.
This 1957 Corvette currently up for sale on Bring a Trailer appears to be relatively stock from afar, but look closer and you’ll find modern bits galore.
Offered for sale by Swift Motoring in Aberdeen, North Carolina, the ’57 Corvette a fantastic tribute to a 1950’s road racing, hill climb, or even salt flats racer. The handiwork was completed between 2002 and 2005 by Jamison’s Custom Corvette of North Charleston, South Carolina.
We’ll begin under the hood where a C4-era engine resides. The modern engine has been dressed in period-correct details to make it look like an older engine. Check out that finned aluminum valve covers complete with 283 stickers on them. Outside of the air conditioning compressor and exposed fuel rails and injections, the engine room still appears largely stock. Even the alternator is disguised as a generator.
Engine power gets to the ground via a 6-speed manual transmission even though the original 4-speed shift bezel remains in place on the floorboard. Avon Turbosteel radial tires wrap 16” Halibrand-style wheels on all four corners and ZMI disc brakes bring things to a halt. A custom steel tube chassis supports the car while coil-over shocks on all four corners dampen the ride.
The red interior is the perfect complement to the silver exterior. It appears largely stock including the red vinyl seats. Smiths instruments rest behind a wood steering wheel and feature a 140mph speedometer and an 8,000-rpm tachometer among others. In typical 50’s racing style, there’s a fire extinguisher mounted to the passenger side floor. Even the radio block off plate is still in place.
Exterior features include a removable hardtop, custom dual exhaust system with side and rear exits, and a set of jumbo driving lights out front. It was painted silver with red coves in 2004. We’re loving the LeMans-style gap sitting right behind the driver’s door.
According to the listing, this great C1 has resided with the current owner since 2002 and comes with a clear Florida title in his or her name. The odometer current reads 17,000 with 5,000 of those miles accumulated since 2002.
If you’re into that classic racing look like this blogger, then this is the C1 for you. From the retro engine compartment to the driving lights to the classic-styled wheels this car checks all the boxes. As we create this prose, bidding sits at $75,000 with a little over 2 days remaining. If I had the budget, I’d be making a serious attempt to put this one in my new garage.