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Rebuilt 283 Dual-Quad: 1957 Chevrolet Corvette

This 1957 Chevrolet Corvette isn’t perfect, but it ticks many of the boxes that help it appeal to enthusiasts. However, lifting its presentation from excellent to stunning could be achieved in a home workshop, while the rebuilt V8 only requires minor tuning to perform at its best. Those are tasks facing a new owner, with the Corvette listed here on eBay in Wichita, Kansas. Bidding sits below the reserve at $65,300, although it reached that point following some intense auction action.

After early production and sales hitches that placed a question mark over the viability of the entire program, the Corvette was beginning to cement its place in the market by the time our feature car rolled off the line in 1957. Sales had almost doubled from the previous year, with Chevrolet offering new drivetrain options that provided impressive performance gains. The owner confirms this ‘Vette spent most of its life in California, receiving a frame-off restoration at an undisclosed time. They supply several shots of the frame once refreshed, and the recent underside images show no evidence of deterioration since work ended. We receive no information from the Trim Tag, but if the restoration was faithful, it makes this car 1-of-909 ordered in Onyx Black with Silver coves. Magnifying the supplied photos confirms the vehicle might benefit from a wet sand and polish to present at its best, but there are no significant flaws or imperfections that might prompt a repaint. The fiberglass is excellent, with the seller stating the car has never suffered any hits or repairs. They include both a hard and soft-top that are in good order. The trim and glass look acceptable for a driver-grade classic, and the wide whitewalls add a classy finishing touch.

Purists will be pleased to learn this Corvette is a numbers-matching classic. Those with an eye on performance will approve of the drivetrain configuration. Tilting the hood reveals the 283ci Dual-Quad V8, which sends 270hp and 285 ft/lbs of torque to a Posi rear end via a four-speed manual transmission. The Dual-Quad option wasn’t quite as potent as the range-topping Fuelie, but it represented excellent value for money since it was only 25% of the price. It allowed the Corvette to cover the ¼-mile in 15.4 seconds on its way to 134mph, both numbers considered impressive at that time. The seller indicates the engine was recently rebuilt and that this classic runs and drives. They say it requires a tune-up to perform at its best, but that shouldn’t pose many challenges or cost a fortune. Once the work is complete, this gem should attract attention and respect every time the winning bidder lifts the hood.

One aspect of this Corvette requiring little attention is its interior. The new owner needs to install the supplied headliner into the hardtop, but that is their only task. While the seller doesn’t mention it specifically, I believe the interior received a retrim during the restoration. There is no wear or physical damage on the carpet or upholstered surface, the paint is spotless, and the wheel is free from wear. There are no aftermarket additions, with this classic retaining its original radio and heater.

I believe the supplied photos and information would make classifying this 1957 Corvette as an unfinished restoration project fair. The spotless frame indicates it has seen little active service since the body was bolted back into place. The list of required tasks isn’t extensive, and a competent new owner could tackle many. Do people like what they see? I think the answer is a resounding yes. The auction opened at $10,000 and took under two days and twenty-five bids to reach its current level. There is plenty of time for both to climb, but are you tempted to contribute to the action? We’d love to know the outcome if you do.


  1. Bamapoppy

    I saw a 1957 exactly like this at a Corvette show years ago and truly enjoyed listening to it rev up. It sure would have been an experience to have driven it. GLWTS

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    • Jack Quantrill

      In 1958, a pal and I saw a F.I. ‘57 on a car lot. The salesman let us test drive it. It did go 60 mph in first gear! What fun!

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      • Jon.in.Chico

        Had a ’61 with same engine, trans … very fast car – only got about 4mpg but who cared back then … took my wife’s grandfather out for a ride and floored it … he yelled as he reached for the hand bar, said he didn’t know if he was gonna slide out the back or stay inside … later traded it even on a ’55 TBird …

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  2. Jerry Bramlett

    This appears to be a nice car with a great body. I’m disappointed in the text description, though, and the price is already high yet hasn’t met reserve.

    The seller makes no claims that the engine and transmission are original to this particular Corvette… and that’s a big deal in a high-dollar ’57 sale. He also makes no claims that it runs and drives properly. In fact, he says it needs alignment, engine tuning, and possibly gauge repair. At least he doesn’t say that it needs no work.

    In the seller’s shoes I’d probably take the $65,000 bid and be happy.

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    • Eric

      “1957 Corvette Roadster, Original Numbers correct, 283cu inch, 270 Horse power Dual 4 Barrel Carbs. 4 speed manual transmission with original shifter.”

      That’s what the seller includes in his description of the car for sale.

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  3. Jerry Bramlett

    Eric –

    “Original numbers correct” means it has a 548 casting number on the block. No mention of the horsepower code stamped (in letters) into the front of the block nor if this block was installed on the assembly line in this particular car.

    “4-speed manual transmission” means it now has a 4-speed manual transmission out of something.

    “With original shifter” means the shifter came with the transmission out of something. This particular shifter has a ’59 – ’63 chrome stick. You can see the rivet hole for the reverse lock-out cable cover.

    I learned to read weasel-words in car ads the hard way.

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  4. ACZ

    Short man’s car.

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  5. Richard Heys

    This car came off the assembly line 11 cars ahead of mine on August 26, 1957. I agree that the seller’s description is pretty thin. And maybe it’s just bad camera work and lighting, but the paint looks fairly dull in the pics. The car is doing pretty well price wise at this point, but the seller is probably leaving money on the table by not doing a better presentation.

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  6. Richard Heys

    Just noticed that while the seller claims it is a 270 HP version of the 283, it has the 245 HP carburetors on it. No mention of a solid lifter cam, and no pic of the stamped engine pad. Again, that could all be cleared up with more pics and a better description.

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