Hit The Track In Style With This 1957 Chevy Corvette Race Car

This period-raced Corvette boasting plenty of performance enhancements is up for sale on auction website Bring a Trailer.

The mid-engined C8 Corvette has finally revamped Chevrolet‘s long-running sports car into a legit supercar with the performance potential it has arguably deserved for decades. Ever since the second Corvette generation, known as the C2, the mid-engined rumors have been in place and now, happy Corvette owners can enjoy a legit track scalpel straight from the factory. But as legendary as the Corvette nameplate might have been across the decades, the truth is that the first generation was more about slick style than all-out muscle. Not so for this period-raced 1957 Corvette that was just listed for sale on the auction website Bring a Trailer with all the classy C1 style and plenty of performance enhancements that only add to the fun.

A Roll Bar Inside Fiberglass Bodywork

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The original Corvette’s bodywork was constructed out of fiberglass, which makes the inclusion of a beefy roll bar all the more appropriate given that this car has been raced an estimated 150 times. Documentation included with the auction shows the car entered in competition at tracks ranging from Watkins Glen to Road Atlanta and even the infamous Nüburgring in Germany. Its last race was back in 2017 at Sebring.

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V8 Power And A Stick Shift

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Where the C8 now only offers an automatic transmission, this C1 racer is motivated by a 331ci V8 that’s mated to a Borg-Warner Super T10 four-speed stick shift, which routes power through Moser axles to 15-inch Torq Thrust-style wheels shod in Hoosier slicks. Wilwood disc brakes all around, MSD ignition, and a rack-and-pinion steering conversion round out the mechanical highlights.

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Squeezed In The Cockpit

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The tight driver’s cockpit has been entirely stripped to the pans, with a red racing seat, a Simpson harness, a fire extinguisher, and a suite of aftermarket gauges flanking the Luigi steering wheel. The interior cosmetics match the exterior—though the fiberglass shows some paint cracks, it all looks period-perfect with narrow racing stripes painted blue to match the side scallops, plus a ventilated hood and red headlight covers. Bidding currently sits at $5,500 with six days remaining until the final gavel.

Sources: bringatrailer.com and chevrolet.com.

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