1957 Corvette Specifications: Details you need to know!

1957 C1 Chevrolet Corvette Specifications
1957 C1 Chevrolet Corvette Specifications

1957 Corvette Specifications: A Brief Overview of Its Options, Production Numbers, Costs, etc.

A car’s specifications can be a great way to learn about its history. The 1957 Chevrolet Corvette is no exception. As we look at the 1957 Corvette Specifications, we learn that this is the year that Fuel injection and 4-speed manual transmission were first introduced to Corvette. This information might not seem important at first glance, but when you know what options were available for this model, you will get a better idea about what made it so special. The production numbers for this model are also important because they tell us how many of these cars have been built over the years.

As we look at the 1957 Corvette specifications, we remember that Corvette was now in its 5th year of first-generation Corvette’s production and has come a long way.

Only a few years earlier, it was threatened with extinction. The 1956 Corvette sports car saw immense structural, physical, and mechanical facelifts, which were carried over into 1957.

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The base Corvette sold for $3,176, which was only $56 more than the previous year. But to put this into perspective, the average yearly income was $4,494, and the average car at that time sold for $2,749.

The big news for 57 was the fuel-injected engines and the 4-speed manual transmission in the first year in the Corvette.

Weight, Length, and Wheel Base of the 57 Vette

  • Curb Weight: 2849 lbs.
  • Vehicle Length: 168 in.
  • Wheel Base: 102 in.

Optional Equipment

  • 4-Speed Manual Transmission (You could get the 4-speed manual transmission option after April 9, 1957)
  • AM
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Hard Top
  • Heater
  • Power Top
  • Power Windows
  • Seat Belts
  • White Sidewall Tires

C1 1957 Corvette Specifications: RPO#, Description, Quantity and Cost

RPO#DESCRIPTIONQUANTITYCOST ($)
2934Base Corvette Convertible6,3393,176.32
101Heater5,373118.40
102AM Radio, Signal Seeking3,365199.10
107Parking Brake Alarm1,8735.40
108Courtesy Lights2,4898.65
109Windshield Washers2,55511.85
276Wheels, 15×5.55115.10
2906.70×15 Whitewall Tires5,01931.60
3033-Speed Manual Transmission, Close Ratio2,8860.00
313Powerglide Automatic Transmission1,393188.30
419Auxillary Hardtop4,055215.20
426Power Windows37959.20
440Two-Tone Exterior Paint2,79719.40
469A283ci, 245hp Engine (2×4 carburetor)2,045150.65
469C283ci, 270hp Engine (2×4 carburetor)1,621182.95
473Power Operated Folding Top1,336139.90
579A283ci, 250hp Engine (fuel injection)182484.20
579B283ci, 283hp Engine (fuel injection)713484.20
579C283ci, 250hp Engine (fuel injection)102484.20
579E283ci, 283hp Engine (fuel injection)43726.30
677Positraction Rear Axle, 3.70:132748.45
678Positraction Rear Axle, 4.11:11,77248.45
679Positraction Rear Axle, 4.56:1n/a48.45
684Heavy Duty Racing Suspension51780.10
6854-Speed Manual Transmission664188.30

1957 Corvette Exterior Color Options

In studying the 1957 Corvette Specifications, we learn that the interior and exterior colors were not coded to individual cars.

The colors that were offered were Onyx Black (the number one choice), Polo White, Venetian Red, Arctic Blue, Aztec Copper, Cascade Green, and Inca Silver.  The six choices could also be paired with the two-tone paint option (#440 with a cost of $19.40 – 2,794 chose this). There was only one new color for 1957, the Inca Silver.

CODEEXTERIORQUANTITY
Onyx Black2,189
Polo White1,273
Venetian Red1,320
Arctic Blue487
Aztec Copper452
Cascade Green550
Inca Silver65

1957 Corvette Interior Color Choices

CODECOLOR
Beige Vinyl (1,315 Built)
Red Vinyl (5,021 Built)

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