Corvette Of The Day: 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
The 1957 model is often favored by collectors as their preferred choice among the first-generation Corvettes for various reasons. The sleek and precise design elements introduced in the 1956 redesign remained largely unchanged, featuring conventionally mounted headlights, recessed tail lights, and a 13-tooth chrome grille.
However, the significant update for 1957 was found under the hood. The small-block V-8 increased in size from 265 to 283 cubic inches, resulting in a proportional boost in power across different engine versions. The introduction of Ramjet fuel injection as an option further contributed to increased output. Also new for 1957 was the optional 4-speed manual transmission.
Chevrolet described the fuel injection system as a “constant flow” mechanism in its sales literature, delivering fuel directly to the cylinders for immediate accelerator response, improved overall fuel efficiency, higher low-speed torque, smoothness, ease of starting, and a general enhancement of engine performance.