1957 Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet engineering prepared three 1957 Corvettes to introduce the new Rochester fuel injection at the December 1956 Nassau Speed Weeks and Governors Trophy race. Three 1957 Corvettes were ordered by Chevrolet engineering to ship to Warren, Michigan where the cars were fitted with Flint engine assembly, Rochester fuel injection, prototype airbox, 37 1/2 gallon center fuel tank, RPO 581 rear suspension with Houdaille shocks, roll bar, Sun tach, short steering column, finned drums, vented backing plates and quick steering adapter. 

Once assembled the cars were shipped to Sebring for track testing by Dick Thompson. They were then shipped to the Bahamas. Nassau Speed Weeks was the last FIA sanctioned race event of the calendar year.  The Nassau cars took first second and third in class; afterwards they were shipped to Daytona for additional tuning by Smokey Yunick, then entered in the February 1957 Daytona Speedweeks  where Paul's Goldsmith set both the standing start and flying start speed records in Class 5 in this car.   This car was entered in the first ever NASCAR sports car race driven by Paul Goldsmith to fourth overall and first in class. 

Following Daytona the cars were sent to Sebring to be used as practice cars prior to the arrival of two new 1957 Corvettes. The car was retired and sold in May 1958.  It had been in storage since 1967 sporting its original engineering engine, prototype fuel injection roll bar etc. The airbox and big brakes were removed for street use.

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