1957 CORVETTE

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The 1957 Corvette looked the same as the 1956 model

V.I.N. NUMBERS

Position Character Description
1 E Corvette
2 & 3 57 1957
4 S Assembled in St. Louis, MO
5 to 10 100001 to 106339 production sequence
1 to 7 0001001 sequential production number
8 F or T Flint, MI or Tonawanda, NY
9 to 10 EF four-barrel, synchromesh transmission
EG dual four-barrel, high-lift cam, synchromesh transmission
EH dual four-barrel, synchromesh transmission
EL fuel-injection, high-lift cam
EM fuel-injection, synchromesh transmission
EN fuel-injection, high-lift cam
FG Powerglide, dual four-barrel
FH Powerglide
FK Powerglide, fuel-injection

IDENTIFICATION

Series No. Body/Style No. Body Type Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
2934 2934
1957 Corvette

1957 Corvette
2-dr. Roadster
2 passenger

$3176 2730 lb 6339

ENGINE

Feature Standard Engine Optional Engine Optional Engine Optional Engine Optional Engine
TypeV-8, Overhead valve
BlockCast iron block
Displacement283 cid (4.626 liters)
Bore & Stroke3.87 x 3.00 (98.3 x 76.2mm)
Compression ratio9.50:1 10.5:1
Brake horsepower 220 @ 4800 rpm 245 250 270 283
Main bearingfive
Carburetor Carter four-barrel Model 3744925 four-barrel carb Rochester fuel injection two four-barrel carbs Rochester fuel injection

All engines had hydraulic lifters except solid lifter camshaft used with EL and EG engines

TRANSMISSION

Standard Manual Transmission Optional Manual Transmission Automatic Transmission
Close-ratio three-speed manual all-synchromesh transmission with floor-mounted gear shifter Close-ratio four-speed manual all-synchromesh transmission with floor-mounted gear shifter (available after May, 1957) Two-speed Powerglide transmission (optional)

CHASSIS

Wheelbase 102 inches (2.591 m)
Overall length 168 inches (4.267 m)
Overall height 51.9 inches (1.318 m)
Front tread 57 inches (1.448 m)
Rear tread 59 inches (1.499 m)
Ground Clearance 6 inches (15 cm)
Wheels 15" steel bolt-on wheels
Tires 6.70 x 15
Front suspension Independent; unequal-length A-arms; coil springs, tube shocks
Rear suspension Live axle on semi-elliptic leaf springs, anti-roll bar, tubular shock absorbers
Steering Saginaw worm-and-ball, 16:1 ratio, 37 foot turning circle
Rear axle type Hypoid semi-floating
Brakes Four-wheel hydraulic, internal-expanding, 11-inch diameter drums, 157 square inches effective lining area (121 square inches with optional sintered metallic linings)
Standard 3-speed axle ratio 3.70:1
Powerglide 2-speed axle ratio 3.55:1
Optional axle ratios 3.27:1, 4:11:1, 4.56:1

OPTIONS

RPO 101Heater$110
RPO 102 Signal-seeking AM radio $185
RPO 107 Parking brake alarm $5
RPO 108 Courtesy lights $8
RPO 109 Windshield washer $11
RPO 276 Five 15 x 5.5-inch wheels $14
RPO 290 6.70 x 15 White sidewall tires $30
RPO 313 Powerglide automatic transmission $175
RPO 419 Auxiliary hardtop $200
RPO 426 Electric power windows $55
RPO 440 Optional cove color $18
RPO 469A V-8 283-cid 245-hp dual four-barrel carburetor V-8 engine
with Duntov competition camshaft
$170
RPO 579A V-8 283-cid 250-hp fuel-injection engine $450
RPO 579B V-8 283-cid 283-hp fuel-injection engine
with Duntov competition camshaft
$450
RPO 579E V-8 283-cid 283-hp fuel-injection engine with cold-air induction system $675
RPO 473 Power-operated folding top mechanism $130
RPO 677 Positraction axle with 3.70:1 ratio $45
RPO 678 Positraction axle with 4.11:1 ratio $45
RPO 679 Positraction axle with 4.56:1 ratio $45
RPO 684 Heavy-duty racing suspension $725
RPO 685 Four-speed manual transmission $175

HISTORICAL NOTES

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