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1957 Corvette Part 2

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1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Fuel Injection Print Advertisement 1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Fuel Injection GM Press Photograph 1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Fuel Injection Print Advertisement
Middle: Ad Touting the technological advances in the new fuel injected motor. Right: The ad department had some fun pointing out the fact that the supposedly performance ready Italian cars did not offer fuel injection. Notice the Ferrari-like competition peeking out jealously from underneath a car cover.

1957 Corvette window crank Racer Betty Skelton 1957 Corvette wheel cover
Above left: In the brochure Chevrolet found it necessary to remind buyers that the new Corvette featured roll up windows as opposed to the removable side curtains in the 1953 - '55 models. Middle: Racer Betty Skelton made the Corvette look even better. Right: Knock-off style wheel cover.

Below: Convertible Corvette with hardtop (bottom) and softtop (top). Buyers actually had a choice of either top as part of a Corvette purchase. If they wanted both, Option Code 419 was selected for an additional $215.20.

1957 Corvette, hardtop - convertible

1957 Corvette Interior
1957 Corvette interior, in person (above) and per the brochure (below). The seats may appear to be bucket style but were closer to a bench seat in practice. There was no lateral support and the seat back, which was mostly vertical, did not adjust. The comfort level was poor making long trips a challenge. The interior had changed little since the introduction of the 'vette in 1953; the tachometer was still in the center and the other gauges / controls were a long reach. The dashboard was essentially the same as used in other Chevrolet models.
1957 Corvette Interior

1957 Corvette tail light Faux 1957 Corvette air intake
Left: The Corvette had started to lose much of its fin area, making it ahead of the times when compared to Cadillac, whose fins would continue to grow until 1959. The bumper served as an exhaust outlet. Their other use was more decorative than functional as they provided no impact protection. Color: Aztec Copper.

Right: Fender mounted scoops are non-functional.

1957 Corvette Brochure Illustration 1957 Corvette GM Photograph 1957 Corvette Brochure Illustration

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There never was a 283/283. It was based on a new aluminum head w/1.94 & 1.50 valves. Unfortunately only about 2 of every 10 castings were not porous so they were scrapped-but, the casting molds WERE used on the 327 motor until '64 when the 365 & 375 HP motors used the 2.02/1.60 valves.
The Corvette Black Book lists two 283 cu in, 283 hp Corvette motors for 1957, an RPO 579B (production quantity 713) and an RPO 579D (production quantity 43). Is this not correct?

~paul, WebCars! Webmaster
Maybe they experimented with some cast iron versions of the 1.94/1.50 heads (this is just a guess on my part) but from what I've read no aluminum heads made it into production.

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