1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1
Roadster
Chassis Num: E57S 105626
Engine Num: F424 EG VC
Sold for $60,500 at 2007 Christies.
This 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible was offered for sale at the 2007 Christies auction of 'Exceptional Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center.' It is red with red interior and white soft top. The engine is a 265 cubic-inch V8 capable of producing 270 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual gearbox and drum brakes can be fond in the front and rear.

The US market was eager for sports cars in the post war era, however, the Corvette did not enjoy overwhelming success during its first few years. When Ford introduced their Thunderbird, sales outpaced the Covertte by 24 to 1. Corvette production for the first three years was around 4,000 units; that was roughly the number of pre-orders Ford had accumulated before the Thunderbird was even produced. Some argued that its was the Thunderbird's styling while others proclaimed it was the potent V8 power. Thunderbirds sold well while the 1955 Corvette's sat in showrooms.

Chevrolet decided a restyling was in order. For 1956 the Corvette had more prominent headlights, stylish coves on the body sides, and the loss of fins in the rear. The interior was new with roll-up windows that made the car more enjoyable and likeable. These redesigns were courtesy of Harley Earl, GM's Design Director, and many agreed that it was exactly what the car needed; a true appearance of a serious sport car.

The new Corvette encompassed more than just styling improvements; Zora Arkus-Duntov reworked the chassis, tightened up the steering, and improved the vehicles response and handling. A 265 cubic-inch V8, designed by Henry Barr and Edward N. Cole, was placed in the engine bay. To prove the vehicles worth it was entered in competition. At the 12 Hours of Sebring a Corvette finished in ninth place, proving its speed and endurance.

For 1957, little changed. Chevrolet included dual exhausts, all vinyl bucket seats and a three spoke 'competition' steering wheel as standard equipment. The 283 horsepower V8 engine was offered as optional equipment.

This Venetian Red example has a radio, heater, defroster and air conditioning. It has a dual carburetted engine with high lift cams and a synchromesh gearbox. It has been treated to a restoration since new, though that was a number of years ago. It has been apart of a vast collection and basically been a static display since the 1980s or very early 1990s. At auction it was offered without reserve and estimated to sell for $55,000 - $125,000. This beautiful piece of American history did find a new owner, and was sold for $60,500 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2007

Chassis# E57S 105626

2007 Christie's Exceptional Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center
Estimated Value:$55,000-$125,000 
Sale Price$60,500

Analysis

Chassis number E57S 105626 Auction Sales History
2007$60,500

2017 27
2016 24
2015 27
2014 23
2013 32
2012 34
2011 28
2010 28
2009 24
2008 24

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$93,813$450,00027
2016$162,336$1,815,00024
2015$108,665$220,00027
2014$92,417$160,00023
2013$91,686$193,60032
2012$90,015$322,50034
2011$84,702$187,00028
2010$118,825$750,00028
2009$94,823$250,00024
2008$103,031$214,50024

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1957 sales)
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $92,000
  2017 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $112,500
  2017 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 283/283
Chassis#: E57S100848
Sold for $67,100
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster
Sold for $127,050
  2017 Collector Car - Toronto Fall Classic
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $85,000
  2017 Mecum : Chicago
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1
Chassis#: E575102614
Sold for $50,000
  2017 Historics at Brooklands-Motor Museum
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel-Injected Roadster
Chassis#: E57S102166
Sold for $125,400
  2017 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Pacific Grove Auction
    
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 283/270 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: E57S100610
Sold for $95,700
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Northeast
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Kiddie Ride
Sold for $10,000
  2017 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $71,000
  2017 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster
Chassis#: E57S 105176
Sold for $96,800
  2017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
    
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $81,400
  2017 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale Az
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette 283/245
Chassis#: E57S100815
Sold for $88,000
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction
 
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 283/283 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: E57S102150
Sold for $73,700
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 283/270 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: E57S106016
Sold for $88,000
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: E57S103444
Sold for $93,500
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 'FUELIE' CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: E57S105776
Sold for $84,700
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: E57S104644
Sold for $61,600
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 283/283 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: E57S105128
Sold for $93,500
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $75,000
  2017 Mecum : Kissimmee
 

No Sale

1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Kansas City$65,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Chicago$62,500  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel-Injected 2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall $150,000$175,000
1957 Chevrolet Corvette 2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall $65,000$75,000
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel-Injected RoadsterE57S1022812017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $275,000$325,000
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake AirboxE57S1050732017 Mecum : Monterey$475,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Russo & Steele : Newport Beach   
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster Removable Hard top 2017 Russo & Steele : Newport Beach   
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake Airbox 2017 Mecum : Indianapolis$395,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Indianapolis$86,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod 2017 Mecum : Indianapolis$110,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette ConvertibleE57S1012512017 Mecum : Los Angeles$70,000  
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 2017 GPK Auctions Atlantic City   
1957 Chevrolet Corvette 283/245 Roadster 2017 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale Az   
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Hard Top 2017 Mecum : Kissimmee$1,500  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2016 Mecum : Dallas$69,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel-Injected Convertible 2016 Auctions America : Auburn Fall$55,000$100,000$120,000
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Airbox FuelieE5751056552016 Rick Cole : Monterey $750,000$850,000
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2016 Mecum : Harrisburg$70,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2016 Mecum Indianapolis$80,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2016 Mecum Indianapolis   
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod 2016 Mecum Indianapolis   
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 2016 Mecum Houston$95,000  
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 2016 Mecum Houston$102,500  
1957 Chevrolet CorvetteE57S1021422016 Leake Auction : Dallas Spring$65,000  
1957 Chevrolet CorvetteE57S1006822016 Leake Auction : Dallas Spring$61,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2016 Russo & Steele : Arizona   
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2016 Mecum : Kissimmee$64,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod 2016 Mecum : Kissimmee$120,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2016 Mecum : Kissimmee$65,000  

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