1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Roadster / E57S104387 Chassis Information

1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1 photograph

1957 Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Chevrolet Corvette C1
Roadster
Chassis #: E57S104387
High bid of $540,000 at 2009 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Houston Classic Auction. (did not sell)
For 1957, the 283 cubic-inch lightweight and durable small block engine was complimented with competition options such as a Racing Suspension package with high performance sintered metallic brake linings. Wide wheels, Positraction rear axles in three ratios, and a four-speed transmission option allowed Corvette buyers to create a competitive car that could do battle with Europe's best.

The engine shocked the world in 1957 with its Rochester mechanical fuel injection system. Combined with the 'Duntov' solid lifter camshaft, the engine had a maximum output of 283 horsepower, meaning there were one horsepower per cubic inch of engine displacement.

In April of 1957, the performance packages were released and consisted of two options, RPO 684 (heavy duty suspension and brakes) and the one year only RPO 579E (solid lifter camshaft fuel injection engine with cold airbox). Cars that were equipped with this option became known as 'Airbox' cars. These cars had the upgraded heavy duty components and a heater and radio delete, a new four-speed transmission and the Rochester fuel injection with Duntov cam, an 'Airbox' that funneled cold air (the first Ram Air unit) from behind the grille to the fuel injection unit. The cars had heavy duty shocks, roll bars and springs and a quicker steering ratio, finned brake drums, sintered metallic heat resistant brake linings, vented backing plates, wide rim wheels, rear brake cooling duct system consisting of front vents connected to special tunnels through the rocker panels to the rear brakes, large scoops (known as 'elephant ears') and a mechanical 8000 RPM tachometer mounted on the steering column in front of the driver.

There were only 43 Corvettes equipped with the airbox equipped solid lifter 283 fuel injection engine created. Only 23 are known to exist. Zora added extra equipped to six of the cars for six special Corvette customers. One of them was Bob Mouat, a friend of Zora's group at the Marlboro race track which included Dick Thompson and Bark Henry. Mouat received one of the six specially prepared COPO cars as a replacement for his 1956 Corvette. Part of the extra equipment included electric fuel pumps and traction control bars. Mouat's car was given hood and trunk straps and had the generation moved from the left side of the engine to the right. The engine builder and mecahnic for this car was Bill Huffman.

Mouat took delivery of the car in early June from Anderson Chevrolet in Baltimore, Maryland. He raced it continuously from delivery until early 1965 with over 83 races during that time. It finished 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in 55 of those events in the B/Production category against drivers such as Dick Thompson, Don Yenko, Roger Penske, and Jim Jeffords. It is regarded as the most raced and winning first generation Corvette ever.

Over the years, the Mouat's 1957 Corvette was continually modified, developed and improved. This included porting the fuel injection system, modifications to the cooling system, and altered roll bar mounting points.

The odometer shows an original 38,000 miles, most were accumulated during racing. The second of the car, Vince Cox, took ownership of the car in 1969. The current owner purchased it from Cox after it had sat for nearly 3 decades. A restoration soon began which was featured on eight episodes of televisions Dream Car Garage program. It is finished in its 1963-64 racing livery.

The car has been shown at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance where it won an Amelia Award (Blue Ribbon). It was selected as one of the Bloomington Special Collection in 2007 and invited to the Quail Motorsport Gathering in 2008. It was featured on the cover of the Norton Products calendar and has been featured in articles in multiple magazines including Corvette and Corvette Fever.

In 2009, this Chevrolet Corvette 'Airbox' Fuel Injection COPO Race Car was offered for sale at the Houston Classic Auction in Seabrook, Texas presented by Worldwide Auctioneers. It was estimated to sell for $700,000 - $900,000. Bidding began at $300,000 and would rise to $540,000. Sadly, this was not enough to satisfy the car's reserve and the lot was left unsold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2009

2009 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Houston Classic Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$700,000-$90,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
$540,000

2019 13
2018 30
2017 28
2016 25
2015 27
2014 23
2013 32
2012 34
2011 28
2010 28

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$107,038$330,00013
2018$102,594$522,50030
2017$93,432$450,00028
2016$158,043$1,815,00025
2015$108,665$220,00027
2014$91,907$160,00023
2013$91,686$193,60032
2012$90,015$322,50034
2011$84,702$187,00028
2010$118,825$750,00028

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1957 sales)
1957 Chevrolet Corvette 'Fulie' Roadster
Sold for $70,400
  2019 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale
 
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: E57S103988
Sold for $47,300
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: E57S102287
Sold for $126,500
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM ROADSTER
Chassis#: AZ369071
Sold for $330,000
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: *E57S100964
Sold for $220,000
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $67,100
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $94,600
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $66,000
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $77,000
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $52,800
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $74,800
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $88,000
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $77,000
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $93,500
  2018 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $68,750
  2018 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $69,300
  2018 Mecum : 2018 Chicago
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette 'Fuel-Injected' 283/283
Chassis#: E57S106189
Sold for $159,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 283/245 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: E57S101909
Sold for $90,200
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette 'Fuel-Injected'
Chassis#: VE57S103453
Sold for $137,500
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster
Chassis#: E57S103654
Sold for $106,400
  2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1E57S1007742019 Artcurial : Retroobile $50,000$70,000
1957 Chevrolet Corvette ConvertibleE57S1030592019 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale   
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$85,000$100,000$125,000
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$50,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake Airbox 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$500,000$700,000$900,000
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$80,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$77,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$55,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2018 Mecum : Kansas City$67,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2018 Mecum : Dallas$82,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette 2018 Carlisle Auction : Fall Carlisle   
1957 Chevrolet Corvette 2018 Carlisle Auction : Fall Carlisle   
1957 Chevrolet Corvette ConvertibleE57S1050902018 Mecum : Monterey$80,000$110,000$140,000
1957 Chevrolet Corvette ConvertibleE57S1026462018 Mecum : Monterey$65,000$100,000$125,000
1957 Chevrolet Corvette ConvertibleE57S1026462018 Mecum : Monterey$70,000$100,000$125,000
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2018 Mecum : Portland$35,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2018 Mecum : Denver$75,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2018 Mecum : Indianapolis$72,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake Airbox 2018 Mecum : Indianapolis$400,000$400,000$600,000
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2018 Mecum : Indianapolis$100,000$120,000$125,000
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 283/270 CONVERTIBLEE57S1019092018 BarrettJackson : Palm Beach   
1957 Chevrolet CorvetteE57S1007162018 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale $75,000$80,000
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2018 Mecum : Houston   
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLEE57S1025072018 Premier Auction Group$63,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2018 Mecum : Kansas City$66,000  
1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTEE57S1003982018 GpK Auctions Atlantic City$60,000  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2018 Mecum : Kissimmee$51,000  
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

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11954 Roadster
Engine Num: 0273609F54YG
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11954 Roadster
Chassis Num: E54S001010
Engine Num: 3835911-0057980F54YG
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11954 Roadster
Chassis Num: E54S004221
Engine Num: 0769197F54YG
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11956 Convertible
Chassis Num: E56S002548
Engine Num: 04355082F56GR
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11956 Convertible
Chassis Num: E56S003291
Engine Num: 0525707F56GV
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Roadster
Chassis Num: 1240
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Roadster
Chassis Num: 6338
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Roadster
Chassis Num: E57S 105176
Engine Num: F612EL
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11957 Roadster
Chassis Num: E57S 105626
Engine Num: F424 EG VC
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11960 Convertible
Chassis Num: 00867S 100662
Engine Num: FO802CU
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11960 Convertible
Chassis Num: 00867S 103675
Engine Num: T0919D
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11960 Convertible
Chassis Num: 00867S108726
Engine Num: 3756519
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C11961 Convertible
Chassis Num: 10867S105619
Engine Num: 1105619


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