This 1957 Corvette has undergone a frame-off restoration and comes with photos and several detailed sheets written down on just what has been done. The car was restored several years ago dating back to 1993, however the restoration was done right and still looks very nice.
In fact it looks like it was completed just recently still after all of these years later. Odometer reads 3,066 and those miles are since completion of the restoration. The paint and body is just gorgeous. The finish was done right and it sure does show it. There are no stress cracks or flaws in the fiberglass that I am aware of. The fit of the doors and trunk lid are better than most I have seen. The car was painted the correct Venetian Red Exterior Color with the two-tone accents that would have been an option in 1957, and the interior was done in the correct beige color with matching softop that was also restored as well. The overall condition of the paint, chrome, stainless trim, is just still nice and fresh and looks new. Those items were all restored at the time the car was along with a complete new interior. All door panels, seats, carpeting are new and all instruments were restored. Seat belts have been added as they did not come from the factory in 1957 but mounting provisions were provided for installation by dealers and owners. Over $48,000 is documented that was spent alone just for the restoration not counting the cost of the car back then in the early 90’s. Today the restoration cost would easily double that price. The paint job alone cost $12,500 back then. Very nice example of a 1957 Corvette that was done right and is still something that is show quality today. This actual Corvette took first place in Dallas Texas in 1995 at the Autorama Show. The car does have 5 correct style whitewall tires and does include the jack and lug wrench which are mostly missing on these early corvettes. According to what came with the car the corvette was purchased by a service man and sent to Belgium and then brought back to states where the car resided in Guthrie Oklahoma before the restoration was done. The restoration was done in Texas and there is still names and numbers of those people listed in the paperwork that comes with the car. Alot of details on the pages listing everything from rebuilding the wiper motor, to rebuilding the brakes and even the gas tank cleaned out. All of the wiring harnesses were replaced on the car. The powerglide transmission was rebuilt, correct style exhaust system replaced, heater core replaced, radiator removed and cleaned, generator rebuilt, engine rebuilt, etc. The engine that is in the car now is non-original and is a 350 c.i. V8 with a single 4-bbl carburetor. It is still dressed with the ignition shielding, generator, etc. to still somewhat appear correct. The engine was from Target back then that came with cylinder heads. The car does have a period correct 283 C.I. engine block and cylinder heads that is on a stand and that does go with the sale of the corvette. The powerglide in the car is dated coded correct for the car. The chassis and engine bay still look nice with only some dust showing from the years. The car has been driven and started on occasion to keep everything in proper working order.
VIN # E57S100657
Built November 1956
657th Corvette built in 1957 out of 6,339 total produced
Period correct engine block with heads included with the car.
Casting # 3731548
Features and options on this car included:
Rare Powerglide Automatic Transmission (Only 1,393 Built)
Rare Power Windows (Only 379 Built)
AM Radio Signal Seeking (Original Radio In The Car)
Parking Brake Alarm
Two-Tone Paint Option
1957 was the first year for the 283 cubic inch V8 engine. This was also the first year to see a 4-speed manual transmission, however it was not until later in the model year before they were released. This was the last year to see the single headlight on a C1 corvette as they went to dual headlights in 1958. 1956 and 1957 model corvettes are mostly a stand alone two-year car. Very unique and very rare to come across.
The base price on a 1957 corvette was $3,176.32.
The VIN # Ends In 57 On This Corvette.
This Corvette does still have its original VIN tag and also the VIN # is still visible on the frame. There are photos to document this.
Same owner for the past 22 years here in southwest missouri. In fact this is the first time the car has been offered for sale since that time.
Great investment car to show and enjoy. You definitely could not go by a project car today and get it into this condition for the price we are asking. Must see to appreciate.