If you want to snag this 1957 fuel-injected Corvette roadster, you’ve got just one more day to try and submit the highest bid on Bring a Trailer.
So far, that top offer has reached $65,000 for this first-generation Corvette that underwent an extensive body-off restoration in 2009.
Back then, the gentleman – whose widow is now selling his car – had the body repainted white with silver coves, installed a new convertible top, and refurbished the red interior. You can get an idea of its current condition by checking out some of the many photos included with the listing.
A June 2019 inspection by Rowley Corvette Supply in Massachusetts – when the car was also offered for sale – also makes key favorable judgments. “The only evidence showing the restoration is somewhat aged is a few small areas on the front fenders valley at the fake scoops where the paint has checked,” the report said back then. “Otherwise, the entire car looks fresh.”
Furthermore, that report says the car appears to have been kept indoors its entire life and has had little use as no evidence of rust exists.
Current photos show the restored red interior to remain in excellent condition, with the Wonder Bar AM radio and extensive original gauge cluster with 140 mph speedometer, 6,000 RPM tachometer, fuel level, coolant temperature, amperage, and oil pressure still in place.
This Corvette is powered by a fuel-injected EL-code 283 V8 engine, hooked to a four-speed manual transmission taken from a ’63 Sting Ray. Notably, the fuel injection plenum has been replaced with the improved ’58-’59 type because the original ’57 fuel meter had problems.
The underside of the car is described as “amazing” in the 2019 inspection, with the chassis components looking “new” and the frame appearing as if “it just arrived in a GM box.”
The current owner’s late husband bought the car in the early 1980s and it’s said to have been driven just 500 miles during that time. No documentation is available to validate the 57,000 miles now showing on the odometer, but the aforementioned inspection report tends to believe that figure is accurate.
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