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Chevrolet Corvette - 1957
After an invasion of postwar imports like jaguar xk 120, american carmakers were determined to build a true sports car a roadster. The legendary corvette was the result, and at the time it had only one rival, the original ford thunderbird. When ford planners turned the formerly sleek t-bird into a bloated four-seater in 1958, the corvette was on its own.
Top speed of 120 mph
engine typedrivetrain: Water-cooled,
displacement 4,637 cc (4.64 l) power output 283 hp
transmission 3-speed manual + reverse (4-speed manual or 2-speed automatic optional)
chassis: Pressed-steel frame with fiberglass body; Front independent suspension by coil springs and wishbones; Rear suspension by transverse leaf springs; 4-wheel drum brakes; 2,726 lbs.
price: $3,465 in 1957
The stuff of dreams
when it was introduced in 1953, the corvette represented pioneering efforts in the use of fiberglass bodywork. The power unit was chevrolets venerable blue flame six fitted with triple carburetors in the pursuit of better acceleration. The unavailability of a manual transmission was the worst aspect of the car.
step on it!
the installation of a new chevy v8 in 1955 finally gave the vette some punch to go with the fabulous looks. Then came a manual transmission and the styling modifications that raised the early vettes to their iconic status in the minds of contemporary collectors. The simpler approach employed on the first corvettes was dismissed in favor of a sculpted design for the 1956 cars, which exhibited more prominent headlights and sweeping side coves that were
emphasized by contrasting color panels. The entire car was sensually articulated from its chrome grille to its bulbous rear fenders. With the more aggressive look came extra power 283 hp with indirect fuel injection by 1957.
Possibly the definitive american roadster, the 1957 corvette had both inimitable style and plenty of power.
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