Few cars are as iconic in car circles of American motor works as the 1957 Chevrolet Corvette. Everything from T-shirts to models praising the car are available at any car show.
And don’t even think about buying one. The transmission alone costs $10,000, whenever one is available. Restored models easily reach $100,000. The 1957 Corvette packed a V-8 engine with a four-speed gearbox that added the feature of fuel injection for improved engine performance and boosted power to 283 horsepower.
Fuel injection was a technology designers had taken from European cars of the day. That’s where the model gained the “fuelie” nickname. The system had reliability issues and was dropped from passenger cars the following year, but remained an option until 1965.
On all matrix entries, the 1957 Corvette delivered staggering performance numbers, including a 0-to-60 mile-per-hour time of just 5.7 seconds and reached 90 mph in the quarter mile acceleration test. Some 6,000 were produced.