Just like Visa, V8-powered C1 Corvettes are accepted everywhere. While Corvettes are incredibly popular cars followed by a huge population of faithful, Chevy’s finest doesn’t always play well to the European crowd. That is, except for the early V8 cars like this 1957 Fuel Injected Corvette listed here on eBay in Madison, Wisconsin.
That C1s play well to a large and diverse population of gearheads isn’t entirely surprising, given that the Corvette was designed as a direct response to the European sports cars quickly making inroads into Chevrolet’s domestic market. To generate interest in their sports car, GM made the Corvette small, relatively lightweight and, once packed with V8 power, fast.
Topped by the optional and rare Rochester fuel injection system, this 57’s 283ci, 283hp V8 stood as a benchmark powerplant for the period as it was one of the first mass-produced engines to generate one horsepower per cubic inch of displacement. Other notable features of this particular car include the 4-speed transmission, power top, and the beautiful Arctic Blue over Inca Silver coves and Cream interior.
Photos show the Corvette to be a good driver and local show car, though not prepared to the level required for display at high-end concours like Bloomington. The paint and interior are strong, the engine is well detailed and the seller claims all numbers match. Panel gaps—particularly at the leading edge of the hood—need a little work but all in all the car appears to be solid in every sense of the word.
If this Corvette were ours we’d do nothing to it short of driving it in vintage rallies and enjoying Cars and Coffee in whatever city our road trip happened to lead to.