Though the 1957 Chevrolet Corvette was obviously a stylistic carryover from the 1956 design year, it had a host of recent performance options. The first year from the potent 283 cubic-inch V8 might be had with a four-speed manual tranny, a dual four-barrel carb system, or the hot new Rochester fuel-injection system that could produce 283 ponies, for the magical one-horsepower-per-cubic-inch. In its day time, it was a performance icon.
Compared to modern cars, first-generation, ALSO KNOWN AS “Solid Axle, ” Corvettes never ride well. Equipped with four-wheel brake drums, they do not stop well. Despite the accessible performance upgrades, most of them were not especially fast, at least compared to today’s specifications. Poor ride, crummy brakes, plus lukewarm performance are all reasons to transform a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette in to a restomod.
Fresh modern strength, brakes, suspension, and a luxurious brand new interior would breathe new existence into a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette. Changing classic iron into a modern vehicle with vintage bodywork is quite well-known right now, but it is costly. It really is much akin to buying an amazing car, price-wise. In the appearance division, a classic Corvette will make an spectacular car owner hate life.
This particular 1957 Chevrolet Corvette restomod through RK Motors Charlotte is resplendent in Natural Orange (not far from 1957 Corvette Venetian Red, which was kind of the tomato soup color) with Wimbledon White coves, and this Solid Axle has been given the full restomod therapy by way of a claimed 3, 000-hour rotisserie build (that’s a year and a half of 40-hour weeks).
The bodywork has been widened to accommodate larger 17- and 18-inch staggered Budnik Muroc III wheels shod in sticky performance rubber. It features a modern 6. 0L LS2 topped by a Magnuson Supercharger, cranking out “565 dyno-proven horsepower”, all assembled by the legendary Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.
That potent mill is backed by a beefed-up Tremec T56 six-speed transmission. A Dana 44 third member and Eaton Truetrac diff get the power to the wheels. Handling duties are thanks to fourth-generation Corvette suspension hung from the Newman-modified original X-frame. Of course, every square inch has been polished and buffed to perfection.
The spartan original interior has been replaced by custom orange and ivory leather, plush carpet, and a modern stereo. It has modern climate control with A/C. It comes with both the hard and soft tops.
Here is the rub: the seller wants $349, 900 for the Little Orange Corvette. Sweet Jesus Palomino. Most of the Restomod Corvettes one sees for sale are somewhere in the $150k-$250k price range. In many places, $350, 000 is house money. In certain parts of the country, that is NICE house money. Despite the fantastic work quality and execution, $350k seems like a huge amount of jack for a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette, no matter how slick it’s.