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1957 Chevrolet Corvette
Engines were now offered with more power and optional was the 283 fuelie engine - the Corvette could accelerate from 0-60 in less than 6 seconds.

1957 Chevrolet Corvette

In 1957 Corvette styling was unchanged, but performance seekers were quick to spot the ‘57’s “Fuel-Injection” script on the front-fender coves. Boasting 1 horsepower per cubic-inch the Vette was nearly race ready right off the show room floor. The new 283 V8 was a bored out version of the previous years 1956 - 265 V8. The new 283 V8 power-plant came in four versions, including a base V8 with 220 hp, a early fuel injected version rated at 250 hp and a dual four-barrel carb 283 rated at 270 hp. Late in the model year, the true performance version of the 283 made its debut, packing an advanced fuel injection system, the new "fuelie" 283 produced 283 hp. The new 1 horsepower per cubic inch output was a record in 1957. At the same time, Chevrolet introduced its new four speed manual transmission, and the Corvette was on its way to becoming a legend.

When equipped with the 283 fuelie engine, 4.11:1 rear axle, and the new four-speed Borg-Warner T-10 transmission, the Corvette accelerated from 0-60 in less than six seconds, and ran the quarter mile in the low 14 second range at over 100 mph. For those that wanted even more performance, Chevrolet offered two optional packages. The RPO 579E, included the fuel-injected 283 cid V8 with cold-air induction and a tachometer, and the RPO 684, special race only package offering heavy-duty springs, shocks and sway bar, a posi-traction rear axle, quicker ratio steering and metallic brakes.

1957 Chevrolet Corvette Production Numbers

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Corvette
E 2934 2 Dr Convertible $3,176 2,730 lbs 6,339

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Corvette 102 in 168 in 70.5 in 57 in 59 in 6.70 x 15

VIN Numbers

Serial Numbers were stamped on a plate on the left front door hinge pillar (center pillar on Corvair and on the driver-side door post on Corvette). The Fisher Body number plate on the right-hand side of the cowl gives additional information such as the body style number, the production sequence number, the trim (upholstery) number code and the paint number code.

First Symbol - Engine Type
V - V-8 Six Cylinder Vehicles Did Not Have A Letter
Second Symbol - Model
A - 150 D - Sedan Delivery
B - 210 E - Corvette
C - Bel Air  
Third & Fourth Symbol - Model Year
57 - 1957
Fifth Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Atlanta, Georgia (L) Los Angeles, California
(B) Baltimore, Maryland (N) Norwood, Ohio
(F) Flint, Michigan (O) Oakland, California
(J) Janesville, Wisconsin (S) St. Louis, Missouri
(K) Kansas City, Missouri (T) Tarrytown, New York
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 1001

1957 Chevrolet Corvette Options

Code Description Price
101 Heater $118.00
102 Signal Seeking AM Radio $199.00
107 Parking Brake Alarm $5.00
108 Courtesy Lights $9.00
109 Windshield Washers $12.00
276 15 x 5.5 Wheels $15.00
290 6.70 x 15 White Sidewall Tires $32.00
685 4-Speed Manual Transmission $188.00
313 Powerglide Transmission $188.00
419 Auxiliary Hardtop $215.00
426 Power Windows $59.00
440 Two-Tone Paint $19.00
473 Power Operated Folding Top $140.00
677 3.70 Positraction Rear Axle $48.00
677 4.11 Positraction Rear Axle $48.00
677 4.56 Positraction Rear Axle $48.00
684 Heavy-Duty Racing Suspension $780.00
469A 283-cid/245-hp V-8 $151.00
469C 283-cid/270-hp V-8 $183.00
579A 283-cid/250-hp V-8 $484.00
579B 283-cid/283-hp V-8 $484.00
579C 283-cid/250-hp V-8 $484.00
579E 283-cid/283-hp V-8 $726.00

1957 Chevrolet Corvette Engine Options

Location Of Engine Code: Stamped on the block in front of the right hand cylinder head.

Letter Code Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission Carburetor
EF 8-283 220 300 3-Speed Manual 4 BC
EG 8-283 270 285 3-Speed Manual 2 - 4 BC
EH 8-283 245 300 3-Speed Manual 2 - 4 BC
EL 8-283 283 290 3-Speed Manual Fuel Injection
EM 8-283 250 305 3-Speed Manual Fuel Injection
EN 8-283 283 290 3-Speed Manual Fuel Injection
FG 8-283 245 300 Powerglide 2 - 4 BC
FH 8-283 185 275 Powerglide 2 BC
FK 8-283 250 305 Powerglide Fuel Injection

1957 Chevrolet Corvette Exterior Paint Codes

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image
709 - Shoreline Beige
Lucite® Code - 1726
Not Available 704 - Silver
Lucite® Code - 2080
Not Available
712 - Dark Turquoise
Lucite® Code - 1693
Not Available 709 - Aztec Copper
Lucite® Code - 2414
Not Available
718, 761 - Polo White
Lucite® Code - 1783H
Not Available 714, 760 - Venetian Red
Lucite® Code - 2415H
Not Available
713 - Arctic Blue
Lucite® Code - 2413
Not Available 712, 758 - Cascade Green
Lucite® Code - 2416
Not Available
NOTES: Color Combination Numbers are on a plate on the right side of the dash panel, under the hood, immediately below the heater water control valve (Ranco Valve).

1957 Chevrolet Corvette Cove Colors

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image
718, 761 - Polo White See Code 718, 761 709 - Shoreline Beige See Code 709
704 - Silver See Code 704  

1957 Chevrolet Corvette Interior Paint Codes

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

Not Available
Lucite® Code - Not Available

Not Available Not Available
Lucite® Code - Not Available
Not Available
Not Available
Lucite® Code - Not Available
Not Available  

Axle Codes

Location Of Axle Codes: The axles for Chevrolet will be built by Chevrolet Buffalo, Chevrolet Gear and Axle, Buick, Oldsmobile, and McKinnon. Divisional Manufacturer code letters will be metal stamped on the axle tube adjacent to the carrier for identification. Metal stamp on left rear axle tube on the rear side, letters and numerals 3/16 in. high, 3 in. outboard of carrier.

Codes - Non-Locking Codes - Locking Ratio Inspection Cover
AD   3.27 12 Bolt
AE   3.36 12 Bolt
AH AN 3.70 12 Bolt
AJ AP 4.11 12 Bolt
  AQ 4.56 12 Bolt
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