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The 1957 Chevrolet Corvette

1957 Red Convertible Corvette



The 1957 Corvette came from the factory with seat belt brackets, the actual belts were a dealer installed option. 1957 marked the first year fuel injection was available, 1,040 cars were equipped with the Rochester Ramjet Fuel Injection (known as "Fuelies"). Road and Track measured a 0-60 time of 5.7 seconds in one of the new "Fuelies". It was also the first year for the optional 4-speed transmission, only 664 cars were equipped with the 4-speed from the factory. Both white plastic and chrome plated steel shifter knobs were produced, the white plastic is usually seen on the later cars. The 579E option included a tachometer mounted on top of the steering column and a fresh air intake. The base engine has painted valve covers with the Chevrolet script, optional engines have 7 or 9 fin cast alloy valve covers.

1957 Production Options and Build Statistics
Total 1957 Corvettes Built - 3,467 - All Convertibles

Serial Numbers: E56S001001 through E56S004467
RPO Description MFG's Price Production
2934 Base Convertible $3,176.32 6,339
101 Heater $118.40 5,373
102 AM Radio, Signal Seeking $199.10 3,635
107 Parking Brake Alarm $5.40 1,873
108 Courtesy Lights $8.65 2,489
109 Windshield Washers $11.85 2,555
276 Wheels, 15x5.5 $15.10 51
290 Whitewall Tires, 6.70x15 $31.60 5,019
303 3-Speed Manual Transmission No Charge 2,886
313 Powerglide Automatic Transmission $188.30 1,393
419 Auxiliary Hardtop* $215.20 4,055
426 Power Windows $59.20 379
440 Two-Tone Paint Combination $19.40 2,797
469A 283ci, 245hp Engine (2x4 carbs.) $150.65 2,045
469C 283ci, 270hp Engine (2x4 carbs.) $182.95 1,621
473 Power Operated Folding Top $139.90 1,336
579A 283ci, 250hp Engine (fuel injected) $484.20 182
579B 283ci, 283hp Engine (fuel injected) $484.20 713
579C 283ci, 250hp Engine (fuel injected) $484.20 102
579E 283ci, 283hp Engine (fuel injected) $726.30 43
677 Positraction Rear Axle 3.70:1 $48.45 327
678 Positraction Rear Axle 4.11:1 $48.45 1,772
679 Positraction Rear Axle 4.56:1 $48.45 N/A
684 Heavy Duty Racing Suspension $780.10 51
685 4-Speed Manual Transmission. $188.30 664

*931 cars produced with the auxiliary hard top were produced without the soft top installed.

Color Options for 1957

RPO Exterior Ditzler # Dupont # RM # Interior Soft Top Production
718 Polo White N/A N/A N/A Beige/Red Beige/White/Black 1,273
N/A Onyx Black 9200 99 400 Beige/Red Beige/White/Black 2,189
709 Aztec Copper N/A N/A N/A Beige White/Beige 452
712 Cascade Green DAL 41973 #2416 56V36 Beige White/Beige/Black 550
713 Arctic Blue N/A N/A N/A Beige/Red White/Beige/Black 487
714 Venetian Red DAL-70694 Duco #2415-H 56V52 Beige/Red White/Beige/Black 1,320
704 Inca Silver N/A N/A N/A Beige/Red White/Black 65

1957 Corvette Specifications

Mechanichal Dimensions

Wheelbase 102.0 in
Track Frt/Rear (in) 57.0/59.0
Lengtd 168.0 in.
Widtd 70.5 in.
Height 51.9 in.
Frontal Area N/A
Ground Clearance N/A
Curb Weight 2849 lbs
Weight Dist. F/R (Engine) 53/47
Fuel Capacity N/A
Coolant Capacity N/A

Engine Specifications

  Base 469A 469C 579A 579B 579C 579E
Bore 3.875 in.
Stroke 3.000 in.
Displacement 283 ci
Compression Ratio 9.5:1 9.5:1 9.5:1 9.5:1 10.5:1 9.5:1 10.5:1
Cylinders 8
Block Cast Iron
Horsepower 220 bhp @ 4600 rpm 245 bhp @ 5000 rpm 270 bhp @ 6000 rpm 250 bhp @ 5000 rpm 283 bhp @ 6200 rpm 250 bhp @ 5000 rpm 283 bhp @ 6200 rpm
Torque 300 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm 300 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm 285 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm 305 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm 290 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm 305 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm 300 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
Fuel Delivery 4-bbl 2x4-bbl 2x4-bbl Fuel Injection w/ Powerglide Fuel Injection Fuel Injection w/ Powerglide Fuel Injection
Oil Capacity 5 Quarts
Valvetrain Pushrod

 

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