Last updated on July 30, 2021
Today’s car is a 1957 Corvette done in Venetian Red, Shoreline Beige Coves with a red vinyl interior. I saw this Corvette at Caffeine Cruisers, a local cars and coffee gathering in Torrance, CA. It is owned by Joe Lemay. It is powered by an original 283 cu in, 270 HP, Duntov solid lifter cam engine, topped with 2X4-bbl carburetors. The original 1957 transmission is the 3-speed close ratio Muncie. The rear axle is semi-floating hypoid gears. The original Positraction carrier has a 3.70:1 gear ratio. Joe was just awarded an NCRS National Top Flight Award on July 22, 2021.
The 1957 Corvette was an amazing automobile in its day and continues to be one of the most sought-after Corvette classics. This was the first year for the 283 cu in engines. It was also the first year for Rochester mechanical fuel injection and for a Positraction rear end in 3.70, 4.11, and 4.56 gear ratios. In May 1957, the new close ratio Borg Warner T-10 4-speed transmission became an available option. These cars proved to be a winning combination in factory sponsored racing competition. Options were similar to the 1956 along with fuel injection, cold air induction, and heavy-duty racing suspension. There were 6339 1957 Corvettes produced between September 1956 and September 1957.
This is a great original car and is a real pleasure to see being driven.
Thanks for riding along. Frank