1957 Corvette
This 1957 Corvette features 15-inch painted steel wheels wrapped in Coker Classic whitewall tires.

1957 Corvette Pricing, Factory Options, & Color

This page has most, if not all, of the options available when ordering a new 1957 Chevrolet Corvette. Also included are the interior and exterior color options. Read more: 1957 Corvette guide.

1957 Corvette Price & Options

CODE DESCRIPTION QUANTITY RETAIL PRICE
2934 Base Corvette Convertible 6,339 $3,176.32
101 Heater 5,373 $118.40
102 AM Radio, Signal Seeking 3,635 $199.10
107 Parking Brake Alarm 1,873 $5.40
108 Courtesy Lights 2,489 $8.65
109 Windshield Washers 2,555 $11.85
276 Wheels, 15 x 5.5 (5) 51 $15.10
290 Whitewall Tires, 6.70 x 15 5,019 $31.60
303 3-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio 4,282 $0.00
313 Powerglide Automatic Transmission 1,393 $188.30
419 Auxillary Hardtop 4,055 $215.20
426 Power Windows 379 $59.20
440 Two-Tone Paint Combination 2,794 $19.40
469A 283ci, 245HP Engine (2×4 Carburetors) 2,045 $150.65
469C 283ci, 270HP Engine (2×4 Carburetors) 1,621 $182.95
473 Power Operated Folding Top 1,336 $139.90
579A 283ci, 250HP Engine (Fuel Injection) 182 $484.20
579B 283ci, 283HP Engine (Fuel Injection) 713 $484.20
579C 283ci, 250HP Engine (Fuel Injection) 102  $484.20
579E 283ci, 283HP Engine (Fuel Injection) 43 $726.30
677 Positraction Rear Axle, 3.70:1  327 $48.45
678 Positraction Rear Axle, 4.11:1 1,772 $48.45
679 Positraction Rear Axle, 4.56:1  – $48.45
684 Heavy Duty Racing Suspension 51 $780.10
685 4-Speed Manual Transmission 664 $188.30

Base Corvette Roadster (2934)

  • The base price of the 1957 Chevrolet Corvette without any optional equipment.
  • This base option price included a 283 cubic inch, 220 horsepower V8 engine, 3-speed manual transmission, vinyl interior trim, and a soft top.

Heater (101)

  • An interior space/.cockpit heater.
  • The 1957 Corvette heater has an “outside” fresh air type heater.

AM Radio, signal seeking (102)

  • A standard Delco, signal seeking AM radio with conventional volume and selector bars.
  • The AM Radios for the 1957 Corvette are transistorized.
  • Most 1957 selector bars for the signal-seeking feature included the word “Wonderbar”.
  • Models not equipped with this option received a painted block-out cover plate.

Parking Brake Alarm (107)

  • A warning light that illuminates/ indicates when the parking brake is applied.

Courtesy Lights (108)

  • Interior lights mounted on the interior of the car to aid in visibility when outside lighting is unavailable.

Windshield Washers (109)

  • A washer pump and dispensing nozzle mechanism that dispenses cleaner onto the windshield.
  • The windshield washer reservoir for the 1957 model was supplied by Trico.  It was a hard, white, plastic jar with a red lid.

Wheels, 15×5.5 (276)

  • Optional wheels that were a one-half inch wider than stock.
  • Featured small, passenger car hubcaps instead of the standard, full-wheel disc covers.

Whitewall Tires (290)

  • Original tires were either U.S. Royal Air Ride, B.G. Goodrich  Silvertown, or Firestone Deluxe Champion.
  • All tires were wide-whitewall type, with whitewall widths varying from 2.5 to 3 inches.

3-Speed Manual Transmission, Close Ratio (303)

  • Transmission designed to increase driveability and performance.
  • A close-ratio transmission is a transmission in which there is relatively little difference between the gear ratios of the gears.
  • Designed for better control of acceleration throughout the powerband.

Powerglide Automatic Transmission (313)

  • An “optional” two-speed automatic transmission developed by GM.

Auxiliary Hardtop (419)

  • An optional hard-top that replaced the standard convertible top.
  • Although the Auxiliary Hardtop is shown as an option, customers could swap the convertible top for the auxiliary hard top at no additional cost.  Of the 4,055 Corvettes sold with this option,  931 of them were the result of this substitution.

Power Windows (426)

  • Electronically controlled windows could be raised or lowered during vehicle operation.

Two-Tone Paint Combination (440)

  • A second, optional paint color was used to highlight the bodyside coves.
  • A total of 2,794 Corvettes featured the two-tone paint scheme in 1957.  Of these, 10 were painted Inca Silver/Ivory, 909 were painted Onyx Black/Silver, 319 were painted Polo White/Silver, 716 were painted Venetian Red/Beige, 263 were painted Aztec Copper/Beige, 258 were painted Arctic Blue/Silver, and 319 were painted Cascade Green/Beige.
  • Although many Corvette enthusiasts believed the silver paint used on the bodyside coves to be Inca Silver, the actual color used on both the 1956 and 1957 Corvette was called Metallic Silver.

283 CI, 245 HP Engine (2×4 Carburetors) (469A)

  • A “high output” version of the standard 283 CI, 220HP engine.
  • 2,045 of the 1957 Corvettes were built with this engine.

283 CI, 270 HP Engine (2×4 Carburetors) (469C)

  • A “high output” version of the standard 283 CI, 220HP engine.
  • 1,621 of the 1957 Corvettes were built with this engine.

Power Operated Folding Top (473)

  • Electronically controlled convertible top that could automatically be raised/lowered.
  • Unlike the 1953-1955 Corvette Roadsters, which had an optional top that could be attached to the car, this convertible top was an integral part of the design, allowing the 1957 Corvette to be classified as a true convertible.

283 CI, 250 HP Engine (Fuel Injected) (579A)

  • A “high output” version of the standard 283 CI, 220HP engine.
  • 182 of the 1957 Corvettes were built with this engine.
  • Utilized General Motors’ newly developed “Ramjet” fuel injection system.
  • Increased engine compression ratio of 9.5:1.
  • Though offered throughout the 1957 production year, fuel injection was initially limited in it’s availability.
  • A total of 1,040 fuel-injected engines were built.
  • Early production fuel-injected engine option.

283 CI, 283 HP Engine (Fuel Injected) (579B)

  • A “high output” version of the standard 283 CI, 220HP engine.
  • 713 of the 1957 Corvettes were built with this engine.
  • Utilized General Motors’ newly developed “Ramjet” fuel injection system.
  • Increased engine compression ratio of 10.5:1.
  • Though offered throughout the 1957 production year, fuel injection was initially limited in it’s availability.
  • A total of 1,040 fuel-injected engines were built.
  • Early production fuel-injected engine option.

283 CI, 250 HP Engine (Fuel Injected) (579C)

  • A “high output” version of the standard 283 CI, 220HP engine.
  • 102 of the 1957 Corvettes were built with this engine.
  • Utilized General Motors’ newly developed “Ramjet” fuel injection system.
  • Increased engine compression ratio of 9.5:1.
  • Though offered throughout the 1957 production year, fuel injection was initially limited in it’s availability.
  • A total of 1,040 fuel-injected engines were built.
  • Late production fuel-injected engine option.

283 CI, 283 HP Engine (Fuel Injected) (579E)

  • A “high output” version of the standard 283 CI, 220HP engine.
  • 43 of the 1957 Corvettes were built with this engine.
  • Utilized General Motors’ newly developed “Ramjet” fuel injection system.
  • Increased engine compression ratio of 10.5:1.
  • Though offered throughout the 1957 production year, fuel injection was initially limited in it’s availability.
  • A total of 1,040 fuel-injected engines were built.
  • Late production fuel-injected engine option.

Positraction Rear Axle, 3.70:1 (677)

  • Higher performance gear ratio designed for increased acceleration and driveability.
  • 327 ’57 Corvettes included this option.
  • Positraction Rear Axle, 4.11:1 (678)
  • Higher performance gear ratio designed for increased acceleration and driveability.
  • 1,772 ’57 Corvettes included this option.

Positraction Rear Axle, 4.56:1 (679)

  • Higher performance gear ratio designed for increased acceleration and driveability.
  • It is unknown how many Corvettes were actually manufactured to include this option.

Heavy Duty Racing Suspension (684)

  • Modified suspension system featuring a number of performance/handling upgrades.
  • Included special front and rear springs and shock absorbers, a heavier front stabilizer bar, quick steering adapter, metallic brake facings, finned brake drums, fresh air ducting to rear brakes, and front brake air scoops.
  • Positraction, manual transmission, and 270 horsepower or 283 horsepower engines were required.

1957 C1 Corvette Exterior/Interior Colors

Color Codes

N/A Cascade Green 550 Beige/Black/White Green Beige
N/A Arctic Blue 487 Beige/Black/White Blue Beige/Red
N/A Venetian Red 1,320 Beige/Black/White Red Beige/Red
N/A Polo White 1,273 Beige/Black/White Red-Silver Beige/Red
N/A Inca Silver 65 Black/White Silver  Beige/Red

Exterior Color Templates

Interior Color Templates

1957 Corvette