1. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

  2. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

  3. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

  4. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

  5. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

  6. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

  7. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

  8. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

  9. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

  10. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

  11. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

  12. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

  13. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

  14. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

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Lot Number
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $100,000 - $150,000
CHASSIS NO: 575104246
• Original California vehicle, finished in rare Aztec Copper
• Featuring ‘Dual Quad’ 327 V-8 engine and Muncie four-speed transmission
• Complete with both hard and soft tops
• Extremely well-maintained and cared for

327 cid V-8 engine, dual four-barrel carburetors, Muncie four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, hydraulic four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 102”

While much has been written about Zora Arkus-Duntov and his successful quest to turn Chevrolet’s stylish, but relatively tame, early Corvette into a true high-performance machine, the importance of his brilliant work cannot be overstated. During only his first three years on the job at GM, Duntov not only helped prevent the Corvette’s early demise, he convinced Chevrolet management to commit to building exciting cars and proving them on the racetrack to capitalize on America’s fast-growing and lucrative postwar youth market. Chevrolet engineering chief, Ed Cole, wholeheartedly agreed and led development of Chevy’s excellent small-block V-8 engine. Tirelessly, and sometimes at great risk to his personal safety, Duntov personally tested the Corvette and whipped it into a world-beater, spearheading its development into a success story – on the racetrack and showroom floor alike – that continues uninterrupted today.

Following the launch of Chevrolet’s revolutionary and powerful OHV small-block V-8 engine for 1955 and its availability in the Corvette, Duntov and his engineers released Chevy’s first high-performance options including the hot ‘Duntov’ solid-lifter cam and “Dual Quad” intake setup in 1956. Stronger high-performance parts were designed, tested, relentlessly perfected, and soon populated a severe-duty parts pipeline for Chevy buyers and racers. Speed records quickly fell to Chevrolet, including new marks set by Duntov in a camouflaged ’56 Chevrolet sedan at Pikes Peak in 1955. At the 1956 NASCAR Daytona Beach Speed Week, Duntov went over 150 mph in a lightly modified Corvette and more records were set by the three-Corvette team with Duntov, John Fitch, and Betty Skelton driving. For the March 1956 Sebring road races, Ed Cole hired successful racer Fitch to prepare the Corvette and despite some lingering deficiencies, Fitch and co-driver Walt Hansgen took a class win. The lessons gained from Sebring in 1956 led directly to further development work and components that soon honed the Corvette into a credible sports car and, with a little preparation, a track-bound terror and the car to beat at any racing event.

An original and long-term California car, this 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster was purchased from a 25-car collection by the Northwest-based consignor and placed within his impressive personal automobile collection in 2008. The exterior paint remains highly attractive. Since acquisition, the Corvette was fitted with a more powerful 327 Chevrolet V-8 engine with legendary ‘Dual Quad’ induction, matched to a Muncie four-speed manual transmission, another significant improvement over the factory-original T-10 unit. During 2014, the Corvette received new interior upholstery. Other work performed included installation of a properly restored and perfectly operating manual convertible top frame and folding mechanism and new high-quality vinyl material at a cost of approximately $7,000. Built to drive and enjoy, yet used extremely little due to the consignor’s many other commitments, this 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster is excellent throughout and clearly benefits from meticulous care and proper storage, marking an outstanding find representing the Corvette’s maturation into “America’s Sports Car.”

1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
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