1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1

  • Price
    SOLD
  • Model
    Chevrolet Corvette C1
  • Year
    1957
  • Condition
    n/a
  • Color
    White
  • Body Type
    Cabriolet / Roadster
  • Fuel Type
    Petrol
  • Power
    n/a
  • Mileage
    15,154 km (9,416 miles)
  • ID
    #11158
  • Address
    Steenweg op Deinze 51 C, 9880 Aalter, Belgium
  • Country
    Belgium
  • Published
    7 months
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Classic Chevrolet Corvette for Sale

1957 Corvette C1 White & Red


  • The car was in Las Vegas until 1999. Afterwards it was transferred to Minesota where the engine was completely revised.

  • Current owner bought the car in 2012 in Texas.

  • The car is matching numbers.

  • The car has won many prizes as well as 'Second Flight' in the NCRS.

  • Colors:

  • Exterior: Polo White - Interior: Venetian Red

  • Extensive history file.


Options:



  • AM radio

  • Whitewall tires

  • Heater

  • Two tone paint


The Chevrolet Corvette (C1) is the first generation of the sports car  by GM introduced late in the 1953 model year and produced through 1962. It is commonly referred to as the "solid-axle" generation, as the independent rear suspension didn't appear until the 1963 Sting Ray. The Corvette was rushed into production for its debut model year to capitalize on the enthusiastic public reaction to the concept vehicle, but expectations for the new model were largely unfulfilled.  Reviews were mixed and sales fell far short of expectations through the car's early years. The program was nearly canceled, but Chevrolet would ultimately stay the course and Harley Earl and company would transform the Corvette into a true world-class sports car.


During the last half of 1953, 300 Corvettes were to large degree hand-built on a makeshift assembly line that was installed in an old truck plant while a factory was being prepped for a full-scale 1954 production run. The outer body was made out of then-revolutionary fiberglass material, selected in part because of quotas, left over from the war, limited the availability of steel. Underneath the new body material were standard components from Chevrolet's regular car line. The engine's output was increased however from a triple-carburetor system exclusive to the Corvette, but performance of the car was decidedly "lackluster". Compared to the British and Italian sports cars of the day, the Corvette lacked a manual transmission and required more effort to bring to a stop..


The 1953 model year was not only the Corvette's first production year, but at 300 produced it was also the lowest-volume Corvette. The cars were essentially hand-built and techniques evolved during the production cycle, so that each 1953 Corvette is slightly different. All 1953 models had Polo White exteriors, red interiors, and black canvas soft tops. Order guides showed heaters and AM radios as optional, but all 1953 models were equipped with both. Over two-hundred 1953 Corvettes are known to exist today. The quality of the fiberglass body as well as its fit and finish was lacking Other problems, such as water leaks and doors that could open while the car was driven, were reported with the most severe errors corrected in subsequent units produced, but some shortcomings continued beyond the Corvette's inaugural year. By December 1953, Chevrolet had a newly equipped factory in St. Louis ready to build 10,000 Corvettes annually. However, negative customer reaction in 1953 and early 1954 models caused sales to plummet.


In 1954, only 3,640 of this model were built and nearly a third were unsold at year's end. New colors were available, but the six-cylinder engine and Powerglide automatic, the only engine and transmission available, were not what sports car enthusiasts expected. It is known that 1954 models were painted Pennant Blue, Sportsman Red, and Black, in addition to Polo White. All had red interiors except for those finished in Pennant Blue that had a beige interior. Order guides listed several options, but all options were "mandatory" and all 1954 Corvettes were equipped the same. Chevrolet debuted its small-block V8 in 1955 and the engine found its way into the Corvette. At first 1955 V8 Corvettes continued with the mandatory-option Powerglide automatic transmission (as did the few 6-cylinder models built), but a new three-speed manual transmission came along later in the year for V8 models only. Exterior color choices were expanded to at least five, combined with at least four interior colors. Even soft-tops came in three colors and different materials. Despite all this, only 700 Corvettes 1955 Corvettes were built, making it second only to 1953 in scarcity. Very few six-cylinder 1955 models were built, and all documented examples are equipped with automatic transmissions. The "V" in the Corvette emblem was enlarged and gold colored, signifying the V8 engine under the hood and 12 volt electrical systems, while 6-cylinder models retained the 6-volt systems used in 1953-54. Rare option estimate: Manual transmission (75).


Specifications



  • Length/width/height/wheelbase – cm (in) : 426/179/130/259 (168/70/51/102); weight : 1375 kg (3035 lb).

  • Front-mounted V8 4638 cc (283 cu in), 2  Carter 4-barrel carbs, 16 valves, ,3-speed manual gearbox, rear-wheel drive.  Maximum power : 270 hp @ 6000 rpm; torque : 386 Nm @ 4200 rpm.  Top speed : 220 km/h (138 mph)

  • VIN
  • Color
    White
  • Metallic
    No
  • Engine
  • Engine Number
  • Chassis Number
  • Gearbox
    Manual
  • Steering Wheel
    Left-hand drive (LHD)
  • Drive Wheels
    Rear wheel drive (RWD)
  • 1st Reg. Country
  • Doors
    2/3
  • Interior Color
    Red
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