In 1956 Chevrolet introduced a restyled Corvette that was a complete departure from earlier models. The new Corvettes gave the American sports car a new identity that was much more sporting. They were fast, sleek, and extremely clean in their appearance. Recognized by collectors as benchmark years in Corvette styling, the 1956 and 1957 models generally draw the most attention at shows and events nationwide.
By 1957, Corvettes were offered in many configurations. Now more than ever, customers had the daunting task of weighing all the options and choosing the right car. The 283-ci powerplant was available with two different fuel injection options and two different four-barrel carburetors. Furthermore, the appearance, though not really changed from the 1956 models, was spruced up with added colors, tops, and power accessory options. Nevertheless, it was true to the Corvette ideal in every way.
The Corvette race car offered here, Chassis #E57S100171, is fitted with the rare and desirable 283 CID fuel injected V8, the original Rochester FI unit, (overhauled and CNC machined by Chris Wickersham) original manifold, valve covers with a replica 1960 block.
The FI heads were ported by Roy Paola of Portland It has a ¾ race cam, 330hp and 310 ft lb dyno sheet. This is a legitimate Muncie 4-speed car as built in the last three weeks of 1957. The car has the original passenger seat with tag. It has a tall roll bar with many race decals and the Sebring nose cones where the headlights were located. Concealed but workable LED headlights are in the grill. New carpet, new tie down straps on trunk and hood and a regulation fuel cell are also featured.
It has a charged onboard fire system and a mounted vintage, hand held Pyrex brass fire extinguisher that is non-functional. It includes 2 sets of wheels and tires, 1 set of reproduction period correct Chevy race wheels and 1 set Cragar mag wheels, and a Positraction rear end. Includes a Sparco race seat, 4-point belts. 8000rpm tach, radio/heater delete, big brakes and a low-rise racing windshield. The paint is in as-raced condition and includes a detachable steering wheel.
There is a mountain of documentation, build sheets, Chevrolet factory assembly manual, 2 Vintage SOVREN log books, time sheets, driver notes, and race results all in folders. 8x10 glossy photos and a 1957 Corvette unassembled Revell model car kit.
This car began racing in the 1960’s as a Drag Racer in the Oakland Bay area thru the 1980’s. In 1984 Randy Peterson converted her into a road racer for local Seattle-area Tom Armstrong and Jack Goefette, who installed the Sebring nose. They raced the car from 1992 to 1998.
Art Redmond raced her from 1999 to 2008 and in 2007 he won his class at the Rolex Historics at Laguna Seca, the Sonoma Wine Country Classic and at Portland International, setting a track record. Local hotshoe Tony Garmey also drove this classic machine.
The current owner purchased the car in 2009 then sold it in 2011 to IMSA racer John Falb. He then repurchased it in 2012 and had a complete rebuild ($65K) performed by Tom Ellis of Thomas Vintage in Boulder, Colorado.
First licensed for the street in 2013 it has since run the prestigious, 1400-mile 2015 Colorado Grand and qualified again in 2020. It was awarded “Best of Class” at the Greystone Manor and The Greenwich Concours.
In tip-top condition for the next owner and only 63 years young! This amazing historic vehicle is available for viewing in the Aspen, CO area.